I read a story, joke, whatever you would call it a while back. I have seen it off and on over the years and the other day when I read it I had a thought it would make a good post topic, so here we go.
There was an old man that ran a small neighborhood store, several boys were talking and one said, here he comes, watch this. As another boy reached them the stopped him and one said, “Hey, you want the nickel or the dime? take which ever one you want.” As he held out both hands, a nickel in one, a dime in the other. The boy looked and took the nickel. The other boys all laughed and one said, “see, he think the nickel is better because its bigger” and they ran off laughing. The shopkeeper asked the boy, “Don’t you know that a dime is worth more than a nickel?” The boy answered “Yes.” The shopkeeper then asked, “Well, why do you take the nickel every time like the one boy says?” The boy answered, “Sir, they have been doing this for weeks now, everyday. If I take the dime, the game is over and they will stop. I can have a dime once, or a nickel every day for a long time.”
Well, first thought is WOW! That kid was smart. BUT, since probably a tale written by an adult, not truly a child’s wisdom. The bigger thought I had is how often people, including Christians see an opportunity to take a nickel or dime and immediately take the dime. Failing to realize that a short term gain often costs far more in return. They jump at the chance to have more of something immediately, instead of looking to the long term benefit of accepting less now but gaining daily thereafter. Some, compromise in order to get that one big payoff, but fail to see the cost over time. Somewhat like receiving a savings bond as a gift, then cashing it in immediately instead of waiting until it is mature to get the full value.
I also see that some lose sight of the real prize, life eternal with Christ. They see shortcuts, take them and gain. Sometimes, subtle compromises, other times, they sacrifice so much more, they lose their path and may have worldly rewards, but not the eternal rewards they could have if they remained diligent in their faith. They are fooled by satan to see the short term benefit, succumbing to that, rather than seeing what is happening and staying the course they should be following. They choose an easier path to get something they desire that is temporary, giving up something else they say they want that would be eternal. They take the dime, losing more over the long run.
13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:
14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
Some try to take shortcuts, use the wide gate and think the way that is found there is easier and at first it may be so, but then realize the easy path is not truly easier and they may lose so much more than they can imagine. Some try the short cut, to take the dime right away, and end up costing their souls. There is hope of course, confession to Christ that He is the Son of God who died to redeem us, confess their sins, ask forgiveness of Him and then, take the straight gate. Once on that path, it is easier and more profitable in the long run.
Our Father in Heaven, I praise You can glorify You and Your Son, Jesus. I ask for Your help in always taking the straight gate and Your path for me. Help make me sensitive to Your will and way. Teach me the patience to know the benefit to make the choices that will benefit me in the long run and not to be willing to take a quick gain in one area that will have much higher costs in another. I pray You work in the hearts and minds of loved ones that they see Your truth as well. Guide them and point them in the way You would have them go so that Your will is done. I thank You for my salvation and the guidance, lessons and help with the trials of life. I ask Your hand be on circumstances in my life that I be sensitive to Your guidance and that what serves You best be so. Please continue to help me learn to seek You and lean on Christ in time of need.
In Jesus Holy Name, AMEN
I hope there was some type of blessing for someone in my words. I know that everytime I write I learn by seeking Him in prayer and in His Word. Don’t forget to try to be a blessing to someone today. We could all use some sort of Blessing.