“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 5:19-22 (The Message Bible)
One day on my way home from work I was approached by a stranger who said he could fix the dent in my bumper in my own driveway for $600 less than the estimate I’d received. Even though my husband said it sounded too good to be true, I gave him 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, of course, and got his phone number “if we ever needed him again” and he left. An hour later Glen cleaned the wax off and found a pretty nasty job of patching and painting—the dent was gone, but the bumper looked bad. A phone call to him 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’s your goodness shining through people I meet. Amen.