A man decided to write a book about churches around the country. He started by flying to San Francisco, and started working east from there. He went to a very large church and began taking photographs, etc. He spots a golden telephone on a wall and is intrigued with a sign, which reads “$10,000 a minute.”
Seeking out the pastor he asks about the phone and the sign. The pastor answers that this golden phone is, in fact, a direct line to Heaven and if he pays the price he can talk directly to God. He thanks the pastor and continues on his way. As he continues to visit churches in Seattle, Boise, Minneapolis, Chicago, Milwaukee, New York, Atlanta, and on around the United States, he finds more phones, with the same sign, and the same answer from each pastor.
Finally, he arrives in Texas. Upon entering a church in Dallas, lo and behold, he sees the usual golden telephone. But THIS time, the sign reads “Calls 25 cents.”
Fascinated, he requests to talk to the pastor. “Reverend, I have been in cities all across the country and in each church I found this golden telephone, and have been told it is a direct line to Heaven and that I could talk to God, but, in the other churches the cost was $10,000 a minute. Your sign reads 25 cents a call. Why?”
The pastor, smiling benignly, replies, “Oh, my son, that’s very easy to explain. You see, you’re now in Texas and, of course, it’s a local call from here.”
How many times is it appropriate to say “What?” before you just nod and smile because you still didn’t hear or understand a word they said?
Thought for the day
“…dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you. And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It’s your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it. Colossians 3:12-14 MSG
If you are a believer what are you dressing in today? GAP, Nike, Perry Ellis, Tommy Hilfiger, etc. Remember that God has already picked out your wardrobe of compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline, even tempered, forgiveness and love. Put on each piece so you can be salt and light today!