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I like it when the gallon
indicator goes faster than the dollar indicator at the gas pump. Now I
realized that .9999 is the same as a dollar, but it sure feels
good to buy gas for less than a buck. Somebody told me that they saw gasoline
for 9699 across town. I figured I could save thirty-six cents
if I went there, but the math didn't work out. It would be about a twenty
mile round trip, I guessed I use about a 2/3rds of a gallon
to make the trip, which would translate to sixty-four cents worth of gas
and about a half hour of my time. Add up the time I wasted doing the calculation
and now the time you spent reading about it, and I think we can both agree
that buying the .9999 gas was a good idea.
The other day, a fellow pastor
and I met for coffee at 2:15 to visit for a while. Those meetings are always
worth the time spent because of the mutual encouragement that comes from
the fellowship. We got good service from a twenty-something waiter who
saw to it that I had plenty of Decaf and my friend had all the diet coke
he could drink. When it was time to go, I asked for the ticket. The waiter
said, "Oh, that's a bigger bother than its worth; your coffee is on
the house." He got no argument from two Baptist preachers, though
we did leave enough money to cover the costs and compensate him for his
Have you ever decided that
something isn't worth the bother? Clearly driving across town to save a
few pennies on gas isn't worth the bother, and perhaps, our beverages weren't
worth ringing up. But other things are worth the effort.
In small towns around the
world, people stop and chat, but it's different in the city. We are always
in a hurry. We can buy gas, wash our car, do our banking, or shop over
the Internet without speaking to anyone. We're efficient all right, but
we're also lonely. Have you taken time to rub souls with someone lately?
It takes effort, but it is worth the bother.