What it means to be rich…

This last week I had the gift of being on vacation…interesting – a journey from the Caribbean to blizzard Benedict.  Oh well, keeps one humble and real….

Antigua is such a beautiful paradise, but it is a poor island with 20% unemployment.  People struggle to find any kind of work which will allow them to feed their families, many of which are quite large.  While on the way to the beach, we rode in a taxi with about 20 others.  These taxis are open air van type and the drivers often just drive to the beach and back each day.  Their fees are set and they rely heavily on the tips of those kind enough to give a little extra.  Often, they have microphones and they speak about the different sites along the way.  As he was telling us about his beautiful island, the conversation changed….

He told us that he is blessed with 10 children.  He was able to save enough to buy this taxi and he works six days a week.  “God gives me six days and I give him the seventh”.  He was offered  a job on Sundays but he refused.  “Sunday is the Lord’s Day and I give that day to him”. 

“God gives me six days, and I give the seventh to him,” he said as he smiled and drove through the streets of Antigua.  I don’t know what they had for dinner that night, or if they have any money in the bank, but I did learn from that man, what it means to be rich.

17 thoughts on “What it means to be rich…

  1. So good to have you back, Andie!
    So you were nearly in my neck of woods (the Caribbean). Your encounter was Godde-given, one of those small miracles that set our priorities right.
    For having lived in developing countries, I have encountered many people like your sunny taxi-driver. I always find it an encounter with the Spirit, an invitation to change. I just seem to take forever to do so.

    1. So true Claire. There is much wisdom in the everyday if we have the ears to listen. It was wonderful for me to hear that from our taxi-driver. Godde’s invitation comes from the most interesting places..

  2. I have been blessed to be able to travel all over the Caribbean and the story you relate is very common in all the islands. I’m not sure why except that they seem to focus on the true meaning of living a good life and not worry about the rest – at least the way we here in the “world of material riches” do.

  3. What an inspirational post! Isn’t it great when you receive such a wonderful lesson when you least expect it??

    Hope you had a nice vacation!

    God Bless, and welcome back.

  4. How beautiful that he said he was “blessed with ten children”, as well as him giving the seventh day back to God , shows that he does indeed know what it means to be rich!

    Such an uplifting post. Thank you and welcome back Andie.

  5. Great post. Mother Teresa talks about the poverty in the US being much harder to cure than that of third world countries…”The most terrible poverty is loneliness…and the feeling of being unloved.”

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