Being lost carries high price


The Storyteller

Rev. Huey Wood

There is a great story about this fellow who was getting a new set (pair?... I never have known what you call them) of false teeth. He goes to this dentist and asks about the cost. He was told that they would cost $1,800.

The man thought he could beat that price. He goes to another dentist, and there he was told they would cost $1,700. He goes to a third doctor, and there the teeth were $50. That sounded good so he bought them.

Three months passed and another fellow was about to buy him a set,  but he came to see this first man to see what he thought of those $50 teeth.

The man with the $50 teeth said, “I am a deep sea diver by trade. Last week I was out in the ocean 100 feet down when a man-eating shark got after me and it was just grabbing at my feet.

“Then all of a sudden I got tangled in a big roll of barbed wire there on the ocean floor. And then, on top of that, a giant octopus got after me on the other side of the wire.

“There I was, a giant octopus about to get me on one side and a man-eating shark from the other side. I was fighting both of them for my life.

“Mister, I want you to know that that was the first time in three months that I have been able to get my mind off those $50 teeth.”

Prayer: Father, may we know that to be lost is expensive.

©2002 Huey Wood