A Piece of Coin
son, give me your heart and let your eyes keep to my ways.” (Prov. 23:26)
Brenner was a successful comedian. The way he used common life experiences as
subject of jokes has become the standard of practice for stand-up comedians
in America. Brenner was born into a poor Jewish family. His father was a
vaudeville comedian and singer worked in small theaters in Philadelphia, and
his grandfather was a rabbi who prohibited his father to work on the Sabbath.
His father had to give up a good job in order to please his grandfather.
Brenner graduated from high school, many classmates received expensive gifts
from their parents, such as watches, cameras, even new cars. He recalled:
“When I asked my father what kind of gift I will receive, my father slowly
took out a small thing from his pocket and placed it on my hand. It was a
piece of coin. He said to me, "The gifts others give to you all are
limited matter; only you can earn the matter that is unlimited. Use this
piece of coin to buy a newspaper, read it thoroughly and find a job. You have
to go into this world to make thing happened. Now the world is belonging to
you." At first I thought my father was joking. But several years later,
when I served in the Army, as I sat in a foxhole, I began to realize that
what my father gave to me was the best gift I can ever receive.” After being
discharged from the Army, he attended Temple University where he majored in
mass communication and graduated with honors. He worked in the entertainment
industry and produced many television documentaries, published five popular
books. He won thirty some awards including an Emmy Award.
is the best gift parents can give to their children? Complete education?
Special talents? Healthy body? No, it should be a hard working determination
to be a useful person, and a God-fearing heart. The worst gift the parent can
give is to give whatever their children want. It will encourage them to
harbor an unearned luck and bury their motivation to face challenges. There
is a saying that a rich family cannot pass down more than three generations.
the book of Luke, chapter 12, Jesus talked about a rich fool. He did not
blame the rich man for spending all his efforts to make money. Instead, he
rebuked him for not spending money rightfully. How we spend money will show
what kind of person we are. Saving money only for descendants is foolishness,
because what they need is not money, but the knowledge to be a useful