Foolish Choices

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"Hey, there, Kurt," Uncle Ed called. "Come have a ride in my new car."

"Okay!" agreed Kurt. "I've never ridden in a sports car like this before." He climbed into the car and reached for the seat belt.

Uncle Ed laughed. "No need to fasten those things," he said. "We're just going a little way."

Kurt buckled up anyway. "In school they taught us that seat belts save lives. And we learned that a whole lot of accidents happen close to home."

Uncle Ed pulled out a pack of cigarettes. "I suppose you'll tell me next that smoking is hazardous to my health, too," he muttered.

Kurt grinned. "Well, you can't really argue with all the scientific evidence on that," he replied. "Everyone knows smoking is bad for you."

Uncle Ed turned and glanced at his nephew. "You're getting to sound more and more like your dad," he snapped.

"Well, Uncle Ed, you know you should use seat belts, and you know smoking is bad," retorted Kurt, "so how come you ignore all the warnings about those things?"

Kurt's uncle was quiet for a while. "The truth is," he said at last, "I don't have a reason. But look who's talking! You're just like me!"

"I am not!" protested Kurt.

"If your dad were here, he'd also want to know why I haven't become a Christian, since life is uncertain and death could come at any time," Uncle Ed replied, "and he'd ask you the same question! See? In some ways you're just like me!"

Kurt had no answer for that, but long after they returned home, he continued to think about his uncle's words. Uncle Ed knew it was foolish not to use seat belts, yet he often didn't use them. He knew smoking could cause cancer, but he continued to smoke. Worst of all, both Uncle Ed and Kurt knew they would be eternally lost if they did not accept Jesus as Savior, yet neither of them gave it much thought.

I'm not going to be like Uncle Ed anymore--at least not about where I spend eternity, Kurt decided suddenly. He jumped up and went to ask his father to explain once again just what it means to trust Jesus.

How About You?
Do you ignore warnings about your health? That's dangerous--but it's even more dangerous to neglect your spiritual welfare. Don't be like Felix in today's Scripture and think you'll wait for a more "convenient" time. That convenient time may never come. The Bible says you are a sinner and need Jesus as your Savior. Don't wait. Accept Him today. (See the ABCs of Salvation at the right.)

Today's Key Verse:
Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.
(2 Corinthians 6:2)

Today's Key Thought:
Don't put off salvation