A young man from a wealthy family was about to graduate from high school. It was a custom in that affluent neighborhood for the parents to give the graduate an automobile. This young man and his father had spent months looking at cars, and the week before graduation, they found the perfect car. He was certain that the car would be his on graduation night.
Imagine his disappointment when, on the eve of his graduation, his father handed him a gift-wrapped Bible! He was so angry, he threw the Bible down and stormed out of the house. He and his father never saw each other again. It was the news of his father's death that brought him home again.
As he sat one night, going through his father's possessions that he was to inherit, he came across the Bible his father had given him. He brushed away the dust and opened it to find a cashier's check, dated the day of his graduation, in the exact amount of the car they had chosen.
Adapted from Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul