Maybe this has happened to you before. After selecting a restaurant to dine in, you walk past an entry area and someone seats you at your table. As you peruse the menu, you mentally compare the cost of each meal with the amount of cash you know is in your pocket. After you have made your final selection, the menu is whisked away.
After having finished your meal, you step to the register to pay. As you do, you notice a small chalk board near the counter. It reads, "Today’s Special." You find that for less money than you paid, you could have had a lot more food. In fact, the small entree that you ordered doesn’t even compare to the amount you would’ve had if you had only chosen the special meal of the day.
"Why didn’t someone tell me about this deal?" you ask.
"The advertisement was in plain view, sir," comes the reply.
If only you had known about the better food, you would have selected it.
Do you know someone that just seems to be wrecking their life? One poor decision after another. Why would they continue to live that way?
I have a theory; people everywhere are just trying to do the best with their life situation. Perhaps from fear of rejection or low self-esteem, they consistently choose what is far less than best for themselves.
"How could they keep doing this?" you ask yourself. The answer lies in the restaurant. People from every race and color are trying to do the very best they can with what they think is available. Would you really order the Shrimp Sampler for $5.99 instead of the Pork Roast Supreme dinner, complete with two side orders and unlimited bread sticks if you knew that both meals were the same price?
That person you’re acquainted with–you know, the one that drinks herself sick on the weekends–she’s just like you. The difference is, she’s doing the best she can with what she knows. She simply didn’t notice the wall board at the entrance to the restaurant. She chose the only option she thought she had available. What would she have changed if she knew she had the choice to be forgiven and made new through Jesus Christ?
What about that boss of yours? Would he be the way he is, day in and day out, if he understood that he had the authority to call out to God? He might just act differently if he realized his impact on friends, neighbors, and coworkers.
Romans 10:14 says, "How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can they preach unless they are sent?"
The next time you witness someone about to make a foolish decision in their lives, you might want to direct their attention to the chalkboard at the front.
Who wouldn’t choose the very best for themselves if they really understood that it was a REAL choice?
Stop a few customers along the way and ask them this question:
"Excuse me, but would you care to hear about Today’s Special?"