“Don’t suppress the spirit…. On the other hand, don’t be gullible. Check out everything, and keep only what’s good. Throw out anything tainted with evil.” 1 Thessalonians 5:19,20
One day while driving home from work, I was approached by a man who said he could fix the dent in my bumper in my own driveway for $600 less than the estimate I’d received from a repair shop. Even though my husband said it sounded too good to be true, I gave the miracle man the task. He labored in our driveway for a couple of hours and then rang the doorbell. “I’m finished. Come and see it.” The dent was gone. Yeah! He had covered the freshly painted area with a thick layer of car wax, and said, “Don’t wash this off until the paint is dry—the wax will prevent the paint from flying insects and dust.”
We paid the guy cash, and got his phone number for any future repair needs. An hour later, Glen cleaned the wax off the bumper and found a sloppy job of patching and painting—the dent was gone, but the bumper looked bad. A phone call to the guy revealed what we had already guessed—there was no such number in service, and we’d been scammed.
This lesson of gullibility cost me $300, but it gave me a good story to share with you!
Dear Lord, help me discern when it is your goodness that is shining through people I meet. Amen.