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Monday, November 30, 2020

Rewarded

By Larry Pasley

    One dark night outside a small town, a fire started inside the local chemical plant. Before long it exploded into flames and an alarm went out to fire departments from miles around. After fighting the fire for over an hour, the chemical company president approached the fire chief and said, "All of our secret formulas are in the vault in the center of the plant. They must be saved! I will give $50,000 to the engine company that brings them out safely."
    As soon as the chief heard this, he ordered the firemen to strengthen their attack on the blaze. After two more hours of attacking the fire they couldn’t get close enough to put out the fire and get the files, the president of the company offered $100,000 to the engine company that could bring out the company's secret files.
    From the distance a long siren was heard and another fire truck came into sight. It was a local volunteer fire company composed entirely of men over 65. To everyone's amazement the little fire engine raced through the chemical plant gates and drove straight into the middle of the inferno. In the distance the other firemen watched as the old timers hopped off their rig and began to fight the fire with an effort that they had never seen before. After an hour of intense fighting the volunteer company had extinguished the fire and saved the secret formulas. Joyous, the chemical company president announced that he would double the reward to $200,000 and walked over to personally thank each of the volunteers. After thanking each of the old men individually the president asked the group what they intended to do with the reward money.
    The fire truck driver spoke right up and said, "First off - fix them brakes!"

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    Have you ever rushed into something too quickly and regretted it later? It may have been a job, a decision to buy a house/car or something else, a marriage, a divorce, anger, an accusation or something else.
    Haste makes waste. Proverbs 21:5  The plans of the diligent lead surely to plenty, But those of everyone who is hasty, surely to poverty.
    Haste leads to sin. Proverbs 19:2  Also it is not good for a soul to be without knowledge, And he sins who hastens with his feet.
    Haste leads to shame. Proverbs 25:8  Do not go hastily to court; For what will you do in the end, When your neighbor has put you to shame?
    Haste will not bring blessings. Proverbs 20:21  An inheritance gained hastily at the beginning Will not be blessed at the end.
    Haste is foolish. Ecclesiastes 7:9  Do not hasten in your spirit to be angry, For anger rests in the bosom of fools.
    Patience is truly a virtue. Ecclesiastes 7:8  The end of a thing is better than its beginning; The patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.
    We need to be patient to the end. James 5:7-8  Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain. 8  You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.
    May we all stop to think about our actions and what the future results of those actions might be.
- Larry Pasley serves as a minister with the Jackson Street Church of Christ in Alexandria, LA. He may be contacted through the congregation's website at http://www.JacksonStAlex.com


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