In a little village, there lived a man who had three girls.
To you and me they’d look the same – same smile, same eyes, same curls.
But each of these three daughters were as different as could be
And if you took a closer look, the differences were plain to see.
Sophia was the drama queen; she loved the finer things
And preferred to have an audience so she could dance and sing.
Sasha loved her mirror and the reflection that she saw.
She primped and brushed and painted – she did not tolerate any flaw.
Then there was sweet Sara whom her sisters thought quite odd.
She did not primp; she did not dance; she spent her time with God.
Though these girls were different, their father loved them all the same.
And in return, they shared his love each in their own special way.
Sophia entertained her dad – she loved to make him smile.
Sasha decked their entire house with her great sense of style.
Sara hung on every word and learned all her father taught.
These girls loved their father so – a greater love there was not.
One sad day, the news was brought that their father had passed on.
An accident out in the field – Oh how the girls did mourn!
But their father had a plan for the lives of these three girls.
He left behind instructions for them to go out in the world.
“Take your share of my estate,” his instructions did direct.
“Choose a path to follow – a new life you must erect.
To take along your journey, a bag for each I’ve left.
How you choose to fill it will be the measure of your success.”
“Success,” thought Sophia, “I like the sound of this great plan.
I’ll take my scores of music and I’ll take my shoes for dance.
My dream is to be famous and the richest of them all.”
So she packed her bag and set her course to answer glory’s call.
Sasha opened up her bag and sighed, “What am I to do?
This bag does not reflect my taste. I’m not happy with its hue.
Beauty is my talent and I’ll use it to find true love.”
So brushes, make up, mirrors and more in her bag she did stuff.
Sara quietly packed her bag though she did not want to leave.
“I do not know your plan, Lord, but I’ll follow where you lead.”
She took along her Bible, some money, some food, some clothes.
She began her journey praying, “Lord, be with me as I go.”
Fame and fortune soon became Sophia’s dream come true.
Her shelves were lined with trophies and her name filled the news.
Each night the wealthy and society’s great were found within her home.
But each morning when Sophia woke, she was always all alone.
Sasha’s dream to find true love came easy or so she thought.
She used her dazzling beauty to ensnare a young man’s heart.
He doted and he showered his new bride with lots of stuff.
But each gift that he presented, he found was never good enough.
The path on which Sara trod was not ordinary by far,
Yet in the eyes of her sisters, Sara was no shining star.
While earning her degree, Sara worked in a little store
Where she never met a stranger – the needy had an open door.
Years went by and there came a day when Sophia was forgotten.
No more applause, no more awards, no hype to be caught up in.
Surrounded by great treasures, she found her life empty and cold.
She’d filled her bag to the brim and left no room for what meant the most.
Sasha, too, found life and love to be a disappointment.
Her husband left; her beauty waned – hers only for a moment.
Her time was spent reflecting on herself and her desires.
Her bag might not be empty if she had looked a little higher.
Now, Sara, she was happy; she found joy with each new day.
She saw no need to hoard and store; she loved to give away.
She helped all who crossed her path without thought of her own life.
As for her bag, she would always find the contents did suffice.
Late one night as Sara slept, she saw her father in a dream.
She was sitting at his feet; to him tightly she did cling.
“Oh, I’ve missed you,” Sara said, his hand tightly in her grasp.
“I’ve much to tell but first, I have a question I need to ask.”
“At the outset of the journey of my sisters and me,
You gave a bag to each of us to fill as we did please.
Sophia’s riches and Sasha’s matchless beauty I did not gain.
So why was my bag plenteous when theirs did not sustain?”
Sara’s father looked down at her face and wiped her tears.
Then he spoke these words that to this day Sara still holds dear:
“My child, the objects in the bag matter not in this life.
It’s the longings of your heart and the goals for which you strive.
“Your sisters sought to please themselves; they did not seek the Lord.
While you, my dear, gave all to Him, in you good things He poured.
Fortune, beauty, even love, can leave one empty and chilled
But the one who longs for righteousness, that life will surely be filled. “