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The Boy Who Loved Tomorrow

By Les & Ed Thompson (father & son)
Illustrated by Enrique Compdepadrós

 

young_boy-copyONCE UPON A TIME in a land far away there lived a boy named Claudio. Everyone liked him, but he had a terrible habit. You see, Claudio always thought that tomorrow would be a much better day to do something than today.

No matter what came up, he would think that tomorrow he would do this, or tomorrow he would do that. So instead of doing something today, he always did nothing.

But tomorrows, as you know, are very slippery.

town-view-copyCLAUDIO LIVED in a little village called Wayward. Many people visited the town on their way to the most beautiful place in all the world, Jubilant City.

Everyone wanted to get there, but for some reason, few people knew the way.

“I would like to live in Jubilant City,” Claudio said to himself. “I wonder how you get there?”

And he thought that tomorrow, he just might try to find out.

But tomorrows, as you know, are very slippery.

mule-w-marm-copy-copyONE FINE DAY, after many tomorrows had passed and Claudio had grown much taller, he was standing at his favorite Wayward corner thinking of all the things he would like to do…tomorrow.

Suddenly, he noticed a little lady pulling along a donkey with baskets full of books.

She had a very pleasant smile and was dressed in a pretty blue dress covered by a plain white apron.

A pair of spectacles dangled on the tip of her nose.

She stopped and looked right at Claudio.

HELLO,” she said as she walked right up to him. “I am a teacher and I know the way to Jubilant City. I have come to tell you, and anyone else who will listen, how to get there.”

“Oh!” Claudio said, “I have always wanted to know how to get there!”

So the teacher said,“Let’s get started right now, for we should never put off for tomorrow what we should do today.”

“Today is half over,” Claudio said with a sigh, “perhaps you can tell me tomorrow.”

But tomorrows, as you know, are very slippery.

class-copyTHE NEXT DAY, Claudio learned the teacher was in a small church telling others about Jubilant City. He walked over and listened outside the door.

“Everything I am telling you is in this book,” he heard the teacher say. “It’s called, The Way, and it’s the most valuable book in all the world.

I have a copy for each one of you.” Then to Claudio’s surprise, she walked right out the door, smiled, and handed him a book. “I even have a book for you, my dear Claudio.”

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LAUDIO COULD HARDLY BELIEVE
his good fortune. He took the book, thanked her again and again and then ran as fast as he could to his favorite haystack.

laydown1HE LAY DOWN clutching his book staring up in the clouds.

But instead of reading it he soon fell asleep, dreaming about what he would learn from his book and about finding the way to Jubilant City…tomorrow.

But tomorrows, as you know, are very slippery.

unwrap-w-bookTHE NEXT DAY, Claudio held the book in his hands and thought, “It would be terrible if anything should happen to such a valuable book.”

So he found some brown paper and wrapped it up so nothing would happen to it.

“Now,” he said, “it will be kept safe for when I am ready to read it and learn the way to Jubilant City … tomorrow.”

But tomorrows, as you know, are very slippery.

window-boyBUT THE NEXT DAY, Claudio did not open his book to read it.

Instead, he looked out the window and thought, “Other people should know I have this very valuable book. I will go into town so people can see me with it,” he thought, quite pleased with himself.

boysquare-copySO CLAUDIO WALKED to the center of town and proudly stood there so everyone could see. But everyone knows that just having a book—even one as valuable as The Way—does no good if it is not opened and read.

Everyone, it seems, except Claudio.

If someone asked what he had, he would proudly say it was the most valuable book in the world.

And if someone would ask what it was about, he would tell them it showed the way to Jubilant City.

And if someone would ask if he knew the way, he would say, “No, but I am going to learn…tomorrow.”

But tomorrows, as you know, are very slippery.

thinker-copy-copyAND IF you were to go to the little town of Wayward, you just may find Claudio—or someone who looks a lot like him—laying on a haystack staring up at the clouds, or sitting on a hillside dreaming about his tomorrows.

One day, he wants to live in Jubilant City, but he’s not quite sure how to get there. He still has the book the teacher gave him which shows the way.

Tomorrow, he just might open it.

But tomorrows, as you know, are very slippery.

For Parents & Readers

In the mid 1400s, Johannes Gutenberg’s newly invented printing press and Martin Luther’s keen writing skills changed the world. Together, they began producing books which the “common man” could now access. Knowledge spread and schools were established for the working class. Learning and education became one of the chief pursuits of man. Of course, the most important book, and the first book printed on Gutenberg’s newly invented printing press was none other than the Bible.

One of the most important things a parent can do is interest a child to pursue knowledge and truth. Reading leads to knowledge and knowledge to wisdom.

With a good book, a child can explore the most remote places or learn of the latest discovered stars. With a good book, we can become a friend of the greatest people who have ever lived, visit amazing imaginary places, and learn what hurts and destroys as well as what helps and lifts others up. With God’s Book, we can learn to know God, how to get to His Jubilant City, and to enjoy Him forever.

The term “The Way,” used in this story, refers to God’s Word “The Way” was a title often used by early Christians as a way to identify those who followed Jesus. Acts 9:2 and 11:26 have references to this terminology. In addition, “the Way” also refers to not just a path, but a total way of life. Matthew 7:14 says, Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.

In this story, The Jubilant City, refers, of course, to Heaven. The Bible says that No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love Him (1 Corinthians 2:9). So while there are many wonderful descriptions in the Bible of what Heaven will be like, it is so glorious and beyond our imaginations, we are unable to fully describe it. Every one of us, however, wants to live there one day along with those we love.

We encourage you to read to children. Nurture and stimulate their curiosity. Challenge them to succeed, to play hard and work hard. Make certain they have good books to read and, most importantly of all, help them fall in love with God’s Word.

Encourage your children to open their Bible and read it and set the example for them to see. Don’t wait to start tomorrow because, as you know, tomorrows are very slippery.

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A simple Prayer

Dear Jesus, I know I am a sinner and have done wrong things. Please forgive me.
I believe
in you, Jesus. I believe that you died to save me from my sins. But I know
you
didn’t stay dead. I believe you got up from the grave and went to Heaven.
And
I believe that one day, you will bring me to live with you forever. Thank
you
that you love me and always will, no matter what. Help me to love you, too.

In Jesus name,
Amén

 

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Illustrator, Enrique Campdepadrós was born in Argentina and studied in the Pan-American School of Art of Buenos Aires. He created art for a monthly English publication by “Thompson Publisher” for 18 consecutive years, and was a sketcher for “Dante Quintero”, the 2D animation of “Jaime Diaz”, and developing layouts and backgrounds for several animated series, including The Smurfs, The Flintstones, Wildfire, Chuck Norris, and Galtar. His illustrations have been featured in comic strips, novels and in numerous books for companies such as Disney, Warner Bros, LOGOI, and Marvel among others. His current work includes animation and children’s books in Italy and the USA, the book Collections of Greek Mythology for Australia, and classic children’s story collections for Argentina.

 

The Boy Who Loved Tomorrow © 2013 by LOGOI, Inc.

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