She pulled up to the drive-thru speaker menu board. She carefully scanned the pictures to look for what she was craving. She passed by item after item uninterested. Then she spotted it! Her mouth began to water. A smile draped itself across her face. Her breathing quickened slightly. Then she heard the voice she was waiting for…
“Welcome to the Deal-o-rama. May I take your order please?”
She couldn’t wait to reply! “Yes, I will have one order of Good Days and a Biggie Sized cup of a Life I Will Love. Hold the Effort and the Sacrifice. I hate those.”
“Would you like to add a side order of Peace to that?”
“Oh, yes! That would be perfect!”
“OK, ma’am. Your total cost is refraining your tongue from evil and your lips from guile, eschewing evil, doing good, and chasing after peace.”
“Whoa! That’s pretty expensive! I didn’t realize it would cost so much! Maybe I need to order off the Dollar Menu instead.”
In the States, I admit, I was a coupon and sale nut! If I could get something for less, or even for free, I loved it! It was an adrenaline rush! Yes, at McDonald’s and Taco Bell, I ordered off the dollar and value menus. I really didn’t want to spend money just to fill my tummy. I wanted to use that money for other things. But you know what? All the good, tasty food was NOT $1! I would rather eat a cardboard burger than spend a couple of dollars more for what I really wanted.
We often treat the things of God like the drive-thru menu. We just don’t want to sacrifice or invest. We get by as cheaply as possible… knowing in our hearts that we really want, and NEED, the more expensive stuff. We want a joy-filled life that we love. We want good days. We want peace. But we always seem to get sticker shock when it comes to what we will have to pay for those things. Unlike the expensive food on the drive-thru menu, the expensive things on God’s menu are eternal. They are an investment! They are not short term gratification.
I cannot tell you how many times we have counseled couples struggling in marriage who said they really wanted a wonderful marriage… but when we told them what it takes to have a wonderful marriage, the cost was too much. They would rather go through the pain and agony of a failing marriage and the heartbreak of divorce than do what it takes to have a happy home. The sad part is, they just don’t realize that the benefits of a joyous marriage FAR out-weight the cost. The picture is more like this…
A woman is shopping for a ring. She loves jewelry! She comes across a ring that is stunning! It is a 3 karat diamond ring. The price? $200. She cringes at the price. That sure is a lot of money! She would have to give up her hopes of buying that new $15 pair of shoes! (Just in case you are totally unaware… a 3 kt diamond is worth thousands!)
You see how absurd it is to shop off the value menu of life? Go for the best! It may take some investment, but the rewards are infinitely more valuable!