不是海龟而是旱龟 Not a Free Being if You are Controlled by Fear
价值一语： Words of Value:
A man may be outwardly successful all his life long, and die hollow and worthless as a puff-ball; and he may be externally defeated all his life long, and dies in the royalty of a kingdom established within him -- A man's true estate of power and riches, is to be in himself; not in his dwelling, or position, or external relations, but in his own essential character. -- That is the realm in which he is to live, if he is to live as a Christian man. --- Henry Ward Beecher
一个人可能在他的一生中在外表上非常成功，但他死的时候却感到像肥皂泡一样空洞无义；一个人也有可能在外表上看起来不那么成功，但他死的时候却会感到像一个国王一样高贵与充实 -- 一个人真实的力量与财富在于他自己的内在本身，而不在于他的住处，他的地位，他的人际关系。 他的价值在于他的内在品质。 -- 如果他是一个真正的基督徒，他的内在就是他的王国。 --- Henry Ward Beecher
By Kai Chen 陈凯 （Reprint 9/29/2011)
Today a friend of mine sent me an email which has a pasted article. I want you to read this article and write down here what you think about it. Here it is:
"A pretty meaningless and empty being" is what I had in my mind about the author, for everything he said and did is revolved around material things and he somehow thinks these material things and environment define what he is and how happy or miserable he is.
I have written a fairytale entitled "The Tale of Three Turtles". If you read the short story, you will realize this author does not belong to the category of "Sea Turtle" as he claims himself to be, for he has never appreciate the ocean. He belongs to one of "Desert Tortoises". He goes back and forth between ocean and swamp, never makes his mind where he truly belongs. This is a being that is not free and that has no character. He has no essence, no soul, no conviction, no priciple. He is a passive being, a pathetic being, complaining all the time about how unfortunate he is and how unfair fate has treated him.
Do you really want to be a man like this author?
The ones who are truly rich are those who pursue values, not money. The ones who are truly happy are those who constantly ask themselves what they are instead what they get. The ones who are truly fulfilled in life are those who retain their souls first, not possessions. The ones who are truly free are those who adhere to principles set forth by God.