Thursday, February 3, 2011

Genuine Value

Yesterday I was frustrated when I called our cell-phone company about our bill.  A month ago we jumped through all kinds of hoops and spent hours on the phone to take advantage of a 15% discount through Lola's union. 

This month we found out that all that hassle did not result in a 15% discount, but an 8% discount.  And the 8% discount was not on the whole bill, but just on the one phone line.  And the $6.40 we saved was off-set by the fact that they charged us a month advanced payment so our first bill was half again what our previous monthly bills were. 

With our new discount we will break even in about fifteen months.  WHAT A DEAL!  And we still have all the inconveniences of having a "new" account - which so far  will not let me pay online, etc.

What a SCAM!  Somebody is laughing all the way to the bank, but it isn't us.

What we need is a REAL VALUE!
(Proverbs 4:5–7 NKJV)  Get wisdom! Get understanding! Do not forget, nor turn away from the words of my mouth.
6 Do not forsake her, and she will preserve you; Love her, and she will keep you.
7 Wisdom is the principal thing; Therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding.
(Proverbs 16:16 NKJV)  How much better to get wisdom than gold! And to get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver. 
Here is a biblical value - Wisdom.  Wisdom will always pay dividends.  So where do we find wisdom?
(Psalms 111:10 NKJV)  The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; A good understanding have all those who do His commandments. His praise endures forever. 
Wisdom begins with a right relationship with God and obedience to God's Word.  In submitting to God's righteousness - salvation by Grace through faith in Jesus Christ - there is ETERNAL VALUE.  Living in obedience to God's word yields eternal dividends. 

In Christ there are no false promises and no disappointments!

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