Two Tradgedies in Life

 George Bernard Shaw observed, “There are two tragedies in life. One is not to get your heart’s desire. The other is to get it.” 1

     A young man lived in a small town where he bore the distinction of being the only musician. Since he was a very talented young fellow and could play several instruments, he was invited to every social function in the vicinity. As his reputation for livening up parties spread, his talent took him further and further from home, which meant greater success, notoriety, and money. The young man’s father, who was a pious and good man, feared that such exaltation for his son might give him a twisted perspective of life.

The father did not want his son to lose all sense of proportion, and come to believe that it was due to himself alone that such success had come. So he spoke to him. “My son,” said the wise dad, “promise me that you will make it a habit to visit either the aged, the sick, or the poor before you go off on another tour. This will help you to remember that in life the scales are always balanced; there is no good without some bad; there is no joy without some sadness; there is no affluence without some deprivation.” 2

       2 Chronicles 26:5, and 16 says of King Uzziah, “As long as he sought the Lord, God made him prosper. But when he was strong, his heart was lifted up, to his destruction.” Arthur Pink wrote, “The moon never suffers an eclipse except at a time when it is at the full! Grace is needed by us to use the grace God gives us, and to save us from turning His blessing into curses.” 3

     A politician collared newspaper editor Horace Greeley at a convention, and proudly confided to him that he was a self-made man.

“That, sir,” Greeley replied, “relieves the Almighty of a terrible responsibility.”

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  1. Morris Mandel, A Complete Treasury of Stories for Public Speakers, Jonathan David Publishers, Middle Village, NY, 113790, Copyright 1974, p. 111.
  2. Ibid, p. 35.
  3. Arthur W. Pink, Gleanings in Joshua, Moody Press, Chicago, Copyright 1964, The Moody Bible Institute of Chicago, p. 178.