The Word for Today

by Bob and Debby Gass

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‘I insist on paying the full price…’ 1 Chronicles 21:24 NIV

Dale Winbrow wrote: ‘When you get what you want in the struggle for self, and the world makes you king for a day; just go to the mirror and look at yourself, and see what that man has to say. For it isn’t your father or mother or wife, whose judgment upon you must pass; the fellow whose verdict counts most in your life, is the one staring back from the glass. He’s the fellow to please; never mind all the rest, for he’s with you clear to the end. And you’ve passed your most dangerous, difficult test, if the man in the glass is your friend. You may fool the whole world down the pathway of years, and get pats on the back as you pass. But your final reward will be heartache and tears, if you’ve cheated the man in the glass.’

The story’s told of a small-town barber who was doing well until a big hair salon moved in across the street. They blitzed the area with signs: ‘EVERYTHING FOR A DOLLAR. Dollar haircuts! Dollar perms! Everything for a dollar!’ In despair he hired an advertising expert, who called a billboard company and told them to put up a big sign on top of the barber’s shop. ‘And what do you want us to put on the sign?’ they asked. The expert replied, ‘In big, bold letters put the words: ‘WE FIX DOLLAR HAIRCUTS!’ David said, ‘I insist on paying the full price. I will not take for the Lord…a burnt offering that costs me nothing.’ In order to fulfil your God-given destiny in life, you’ve got to pay full price.

SoulFood: Lev 15-17, Matt 10:11-20, Ps 100, Pr 3:7-8

The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2011

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