The pastor was invited to dinner in the home of a very wealthy man in Texas. After the meal, the host led him to a place where they could get a good view of the surrounding area. Pointing to the oil wells dotting the landscape, he boasted, "Twenty- five years ago I had nothing. Now, as far as you can see, it is all mine". Looking in the opposite direction at his sprawling fields of grain, he said, "That is all mine". Turning east toward huge herds of cattle, he bragged, "They are all mine".

He paused, expecting the pastor to compliment him on his great success. The pastor, however, placing one hand on the man's shoulder and pointing heavenward with the other, simply said, "How much do you have in that direction? The man stared blankly for a moment, then hung his head and confessed, "I never thought of that".