9 What does the worker gain from his toil?10 I have seen the burden God has laid on men.11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.12 I know that there is nothing better for men than to be happy and do good while they live.13 That everyone may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all his toil—this is the gift of God.14 I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. God does it so that men will revere him. Ecclesiastes 3:9-14
On Monday, Fred, an old country farmer, bought a mule from Luke, another old farmer, for $100. Luke promised to deliver the mule the next day.
On Tuesday Luke drove up and said: “Sorry, Fred, but I have some bad news. The mule died.”
“Well, then, just give me my money back,” Fred replied.
“I can’t do that,” Luke said: “I went and spent it already.”
“Well, OK then, just unload the mule,” Fred instructed.
“What ya gonna do with a dead mule?” Luke inquired.
“I’m going to raffle him off,” Fred said.
“You can’t raffle off a dead mule!” Luke exclaimed.
“Sure I can,” Fred replied: “I just won’t tell anybody he’s dead.”
Several days later the two farmers met up again.
“Whatever happened with that dead mule?” Luke asked.
“I raffled him off just like I said I would,” Fred replied. “Sold 500 tickets at $2 each!”
“Didn’t anyone complain?” Luke asked.
“Just the guy who won, so I gave him his two dollars back.”