A very poor newly wedded, young couple lived in a small farm.
One day the husband made the following proposal to his wife:
Honey, I will leave the house: I will travel faraway, get a job and
work hard in order to come back and give you the comfortable life
that you deserve. I do not know how long I will stay away, I only
ask one thing, please wait for me, and while I am away, you should
be faithful to me, because I will be faithful to you.
His wife agreed, so the young man left. He walked many days until
he found a farmer who was in need of someone to help him. The
young man offered his services. He was accepted.
Therefore he discussed the terms with his boss:
Let me work for as long as I want and when I think I should go
home, please relieve me of my duties. I do not want to receive my
salary. I ask you to save it for me, until the day I leave. The day I
decide to go, please give me the money and I will go my way.
They agreed on that. So, the young man worked for twenty years
without holiday and without rest.
After twenty years, he came to his boss and said:
Boss, I want my money, because I am returning to my home. The
boss replied:
All right, after all, I made a deal with you and I will stick to it.
However, before you go I want to offer you something new: I will
give you all your money and send you away; or I will give you 3
pieces of advice and send you away. If I give you money, you lose
the 3 pieces of advice. If I give you the 3 pieces of advice, you lose
the money. Now, go to your room and think about your answer.
He thought for two days. Then he went to the boss and told him:
I want the 3 pieces of advice. The boss stressed again, if I give you
the 3 pieces of advice, I will not give you the money, and the man
I want the 3 pieces of advice.
The boss then told him:
No. 1: Never take shortcuts in your life, shorter and unknown paths
can cost your life. No. 2: Never be too curious, for curiosity
towards evil can be deadly. No. 3: Never make decisions in
moments of anger or pain, because when you repent, it could be
too late.
After giving these 3 pieces of advice, the boss said to him:
Here, you have 3 loaves of bread, 2 are for you to eat during the
journey and the last is for you to eat with your wife when you get
So, the man went his way, after twenty years away from home and
from his wife, whom he loved so much.
After the first day of travel, he found a man who greeted him and
Where are you going?
He replied:
To a distant place which is about 20 days away if I continue
The man said to him:
Ol’ boy, this path is too long! I know a shortcut that is very safe
and you will arrive in 5 days only. The man began to follow the
path suggested until he remembered the first piece of advice.
Then, he returned and followed the long path. Days later he learned
that the shortcut led to an ambush.
After a few more days of travel, he found an inn by the roadside,
where he could rest. He paid for a room and after taking a bath he
lay down to sleep.
During the night he woke up as he heard a terrifying scream. He
rose to his feet and went to the door to check what happened. As
he was opening the door, he remembered the second piece of
advice. Therefore he returned, lay down again and slept.
At dawn, after breakfast, the owner of the lodging asked him if he
had not heard the scream at night. He affirmed that he heard.
Then, the host said:
Were you not curious to see what happened? And he replied:
No, I was not.
Then the host said:
You are the first guest to leave this inn alive. My neighbour is
completely crazy. He usually shouts at night to call someone’s
attention. When some of the guests come out, he kills them and
buries their bodies in the backyard. The man continued his long
journey, eager to arrive soon.
After many days and nights walking, he was very tired, but he
finally saw his house far away.
It was night. He saw some light coming out of the window of his
house and was able to see the silhouette of his wife. But he also
saw that she was not alone. He came closer and saw there was a
man with her. She softly caressed his hair.
When he saw that scene, his heart was filled with hatred and
bitterness. He decided to rush at and kill them both mercilessly.
However, he took a deep breath and he remembered the third piece
of advice. Then he stopped, reflected and decided to sleep outside
that night.
He slept in the midst of the bushes, determined to make a decision
the next day. At dawn, he was calmer and thought:
I will not kill my wife and her lover. I am going back to my boss to
ask him to take me back. But before I go, I want to tell my wife
that I have always been faithful to her.
He went to the front door and knocked. When his wife opened the
door and recognized him, she cried and embraced him warmly. He
tried to push her away, but he
was not able. Then, with tears in his eyes he told her:
I was faithful to you but you betrayed me.
She was shocked, so she replied:
How did I betray you? I have never betrayed you. I waited patiently
for you for twenty good years. Then he asked:
How about the man that you were caressing yesterday?
And she said:
That man is your son. When you left, I discovered I was pregnant.
Today he is twenty years old.
Hearing that, the man asked her forgiveness. He met and hugged
his son. Then he told them all the things he had experienced while
Meanwhile, his wife prepared some coffee for them to eat
together, the last bread given by his boss.
After a prayer of thanksgiving, he broke the bread. When he looked
at it, he found all his money inside. In fact, there was even more
than the right payment for his twenty years of dedication and hard
Friends, our God is like this boss. When he asks us to make a
sacrifice, he wants to give us more than what we give Him.
He wants us to have His unique wisdom as well as the
material blessings.


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