“We always pay dearly for chasing after what is cheap.” (Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn)
I’ll never forget the time years ago when my mother-in-law’s washing machine went on the fritz. Being the good son-in-law I was, I attempted to fix it. To fully understand the hilarity of the prior sentence, you must know I lack both tools and the know-how to use them! Yet, off I went to save the day.
First, I attempted to fix the old machine. Striking out there, I next tried to pick up a cheap second-hand unit out of the classifieds. Despite the seller’s promises, it didn’t complete a single load of laundry for us. Turns out, I got taken to the cleaners on that purchase – Oh the irony! So, after having bought parts for the original machine, losing some cash for the second machine, I eventually ended up doing what my wife knew needed to be done from the beginning – we bought her mom a new washer!
It’s comical today. However, at the time, I sensed I wasn’t doing the “right thing” from the beginning. As I went my way, I was living out Solzhenitsyn’s words above. The consequences are relatively low when we’re talking about household appliances, but I wonder how many times we’ve chased after what is cheap in this world, versus chasing after what is best – God.
God knows what’s best, and His very first command for us is to put nothing before Him (Deuteronomy 5:7). In comparison to God, everything else is a cheap substitute – and we always pay dearly for chasing after what is cheap!
Be honest with yourself in this moment… What are you chasing after the hardest at this point in your life? Is it God, or something cheaper? –Dave
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