a carpenter with the crudest of tools. It takes him many days to make a
simple table; and its quality is so low that the price he obtains for it is
has a choice: either he can spend all the money he earned on food and drink
or he can set some money aside, even if it means going a little hungry, in
order to buy better tools.
he does the latter, then he will soon be making better tables much more
quickly, and so his earnings will quickly increase.
choice is analogous to a spiritual choice that each of us must make. Either
we can spend for our own pleasure all the wealth we possess or we can set
aside part of our wealth to give to others.
we do the latter, then we may sacrifice a few immediate, earthly pleasures;
but the joy we earn for ourselves in heaven far, far surpasses the pleasure
we have lost on earth. Every act of charity on earth is an investment in