Sunday, January 17, 2021

Did somebody say ‘free’?

From The Pastor’s Pen – By Brian Horrobin

Is it just me or does the word ‘free’ seem to bring out the worst in people?

Back in the fall I was away for a few days and stayed at a hotel that offered a free food and beverage time in the early evening.

There was a buffet with several hot items, as well as snack options, soft drinks and a bar, all free.

Since it was about the supper hour I arrived at this sumptuous buffet fairly hungry – along with a whole lot of other people!

Actually, it was tough making my way to the food because it was so crowded.

If I hadn’t known better I would have thought supplies were running out and people were trying to make sure their starving families would have enough food for the month!

The bar was worse.

It’s a good thing I don’t drink because the line for three free drinks was already quite long.

Those already served were heading to their table with the full complement of three drinks.

Hoarding and acting obnoxious at free buffets reveal a couple of hidden sins, those of greed and a lack of gratitude for what we already have.

The apostle Paul said this in 1 Timothy 6:8: “And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content.”

Are you grateful for what you have right now in your life?

By that I do mean that we should not strive to do better and improve our situation.

I am speaking here of the attitude of the heart.

Maybe today is a good day to have a little ‘heart check’ to see if there is stuff there that shouldn’t be there.

Oh, and please don’t let me cut in front of you at the buffet line!

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