The Richest Man In The Valley

September 6, 2010

I love this story. I discovered this in the Internet many years ago whose authorship is unknown to me. It’s entitled “The Richest Man in the Valley.”

Let me share this story with you.

A rich landowner named Carl often rode around his vast estate so he could congratulate himself on his great wealth. One day while riding around his estate on his favorite horse, he saw Hans, an old tenant farmer. Hans was sitting under a tree when Carl rode by.

Hans said, ‘I was just thanking God for my food.’

Carl protested, ‘If that is all I had to eat, I wouldn’t feel like giving thanks.’
Hans replied, ‘God has given me everything I need, and I am thankful for it.’
The old farmer added, ‘It is strange you should come by today because I had a dream last night. In my dream a voice told me, ‘The richest man in the valley will die tonight.’ I don’t know what it means, but I thought I ought to tell you.’

Carl snorted, ‘Dreams are nonsense,’ and galloped away, but he could not forget Hans’ words: ‘The richest man in the valley will die tonight.’ He was obviously the richest man in the valley, so he invited his doctor to his house that evening. Carl told the doctor what Hans had said. After a thorough examination, the doctor told the wealthy landowner, ‘Carl, you are as strong and healthy as a horse. There is no way you are going to die tonight.’

Nevertheless, for assurance, the doctor stayed with Carl, and they played cards through the night. The doctor left the next morning and Carl apologized for becoming so upset over the old man’s dream. At about nine o’clock, a messenger arrived at Carl’s door.

‘What is it?’ Carl demanded.

The messenger explained, ‘It’s about old Hans. He died last night in his sleep.’

So who is the truly wealthy person?

I guess the next question I have to ask you is this.

Are you truly wealthy?

I know many people who are greedy. Some are open and even honest with their greed. I remember one gentleman who talked to me one day and said, “You know Francis why we are not as wealthy as the super millionaires out there? “Why sir?” I asked. With a serious look in his eye he looked at me sternly and said, “Because we are not greedy enough.”

“Whoa!” I have never heard anyone say something like this but at least he is honest. The closest thing is Gordon Gekko from the movie “Wall Street” who popularized the famous chant of the 80’s “Greed is good!” (And he landed in jail)

But the worst kind of greedy people are those who scheme, plan, deceive and persist in saying, “It’s not the money but the principle behind it.” “Yeah Right!” It must be the principle of greed that’s what. Meanwhile they rob you blind.

I have seen the greedy falling and I have seen the greedy fallen. I have seen the generous blessed. God does not sleep. The scheming greedy people when given enough rope will hang themselves. Because they have forgotten the principle that greed may get them what they want but will certainly rob them of what they already have.

Meanwhile, we have to make sure that our riches and wealth would go beyond this life and the boundaries of this decaying planet. And when our riches are in our intimacy with Christ then this kind of investment is safe. Our relationship with our loved ones is strong. We have peace in our heart. We have the confidence to face people because we are as real as we can be. This for me is what true riches is all about.

This Post Has 9 Comments

  1. Dorm Boy

    It’s a wonderful story. Greedy is still a sin so better avoid being greedy. Besides we cannot bring our earthly wealth in heaven. Better share your blessings to others.

    Thanks for being sharing your knowledge and your blessings!

  2. Ramir Dimaunahan

    Hello Francis!
    Maximize profits! Nothing wrong with that. But I think here is where the problem for the greedy businessperson begins. It is a fine line between maximum profit and greed. Ego, which makes normal persons behave abnormally, erases this line.
    More power to your column!

  3. ikawpipa


    For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also

  4. Lorainne T. Lopez

    we have attended your recent seminar at SMX. We just want to know of your upcoming seminar for the month of October and November regarding excellence. Hope you can send it to me as soon as you have the schedule. Our company is sending delegates for seminars and we consider your seminar as the top priority. Your seminar inspires as so much.

  5. Isagani Duval

    Dear Sir, Than you for the inspirations and sharing of your blessings thru this website….
    Souls are being fed good info and you are blessed to be a blessing.I am sharing your stories to my subordinates.God bless !

  6. Mitch Yu

    Thank you very much Sir Francis for always giving us positive thoughts and inspirations. In this very materialistic world, we really need this kind of story to remind us that greed and material things will not make us perpetual happy but only make us sad. Sad, in a sense that material things tends to make us want more and unsatified in life.

  7. sub


    thank you for this wonderful story. it reminds me to keep my feet on the ground. God Bless you always, sir

  8. Ginny Limbo

    Very inspiring and very true! Greed may get people what they want easily but when nature strikes back, let the greedy beware. Doing things the right way may take time but will definitely get you where you want peacefully.

  9. matet

    very true! i agree..thanks for sharing this sir. God bless u in a major way! :))

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