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If It’s Too Good To Be True…


In today’s world we are often presented with situations that seem too good to be true, and they usually are…

How many times have you received an email from the secretary to the executive governor of the Central Bank Of Nigeria, regarding funds that were deposited into an account for which you are actually the rightful beneficiary?

How about phone calls regarding prizes you have “won” in contests you never entered, or letters from car companies containing the “winning key” that will unlock that brand new car for you?

I’m inclined to believe that the Good Lord finds it easier to watch over those of us who pay attention, and that Grace is sometimes not getting what you think you deserve. I was talking with a friend of mine the other day and he told me a story that really exemplified this concept of “too good to be true.”

Jim had just returned from Chicago with a new watch and two more suitcases than he left with.

My buddy told me he was standing in line at a bus station when he saw this guy with two large heavy suitcases behind him. He asks the fellow, “Do you have the time?” The fellow sighs, puts down the suitcases and glances at his wrist.  “It’s a quarter to five,” he says.

“Hey, that’s a pretty fancy watch!” Jim says.

The guy smiled. “Yeah, it is.  Check this out.”  And he shows Jim a time zone display for 100 of the largest cities in the world.  He hits a button and suddenly the watch says, “The time is ten ’til four” in a Texas accent.  The guy hits a couple more buttons and the same voice says something in Japanese. “It’s got regional accents for every major city in the world.”

The display is high definition and the voice remarkably clear.  Now my buddy, Jim, is just amazed. Because he has a thing for watches…

“That’s not all,” the guy says. He pushes a couple more buttons and a tiny but very hi-resolution map of Chicago appears in the display.  “The red dot shows our location by satellite positioning,” the fellow explains. “It’s a Global Positioning System as well.”

“Man, I’d really like to buy that watch!” Jim says.

The guy backs up, hands out. “No, no, I’m sorry. It’s not ready for sale yet; I’m still working out the bugs. But look at this…” The fellow shows him the FM radio receiver with a voice response tuner, and, most impressive of all, the capacity for voice recordings of up to 250 regular books.

“C’mon, man, I’ve got to have this watch!” Jim pleads.

The guy shakes his head. “You don’t understand; it’s not ready—”

“I’ll give you $1000 for it!” Jim says.

“Oh, no, I couldn’t…”

Jim pulls out his checkbook, and writes a check, waving it in front of the man. “I’ll give you $3000 for it!”

The guy stares at the check for a moment, then sighs. “Okay, okay,” he says.

Jim can’t believe he’s got this amazing watch and turns, starting to walk away.

“Hey, wait a minute,” the guy yells, then points to the two huge suitcases he’d been trying to wrestle through the bus station. “Don’t forget your batteries.”

Is fate getting what you deserve, or deserving what you get?

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