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Self-Help is the Best Help

Once, a rich merchant left his city to go to another country for trade. He went aboard a large ship.

He was carrying trunks full of gold coins and precious gems. On the way, a storm began. Huge waves rose in the seas water.

The waves rocked the ship from side to side. People started screaming with fright. The captain and the crew tried their best not to let the ship sink.

A few hours later, the storm stopped but the ship had a hole in its bottom. Water started seeping into the ship. People sat in lifeboats and got off the sinking ship. Some jumped into the sea to swim ashore. While others held on to pieces of Wood to stay afloat. The merchant started praying, “God please save my life.

If I stay alive I will otter a lot of gold to you.” A man went to the merchant and said, ‘Don’t waste your time. Try to jump out and swim ashore.” But the merchant did not listen; He stayed on the ship and kept praying. Soon the ship sank and the merchant went down with it.

Moral: God helps those who help themselves.

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