Right Idea; Wrong Name


Here’s the routine. We use a yard service to mow our lawn. They come and go and most of the time we don’t even see them. We pay with a check that is hidden outside but in a place obviously known to them.

The routine works. It’s a good system.


A couple of weeks ago I left the check as usual. Then the following week I discovered the first check was still there. Oh well, I figured they just forgot to pick it up and would collect them both the next time they mowed.

They didn’t.

When I set out last week’s check, there was still an uncollected check.


So I picked up the orphaned check and immediately saw the problem. It wasn’t them forgetting to collect it but my failing to write it.

The check was made out to the Southeast Church of Christ.

I’m no expert, but I’m almost certain the check was of no value to them.

On the other hand, I’ll bet the contribution counters at church were wondering why I gave a check made out to Floyd’s Yard Care.

You have to pay attention.


I’m trying to imagine Jesus making a mistake like that. Imagine appearing before his throne and hearing him say, “I’m sorry Rick, but you don’t get in, you didn’t make it.” And the Archangel whispers, “Excuse me Lord, but there’s been a mistake, it’s Rick Fife who didn’t make it, Rick Fyffe is just fine.”

Or imagine it the other way!


Not going to happen? Of course it won’t. But isn’t it wonderful that it won’t? We are assured that come Judgement Day, there will be no clerical errors, no unfortunate mistakes, and no red tape foul ups.

Not even one.


At the end, Jesus will have the final word, and it will be good!


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