You Started It!

Reaching the end of a job interview, the Human Resources person asked the young MBA fresh out of MIT, “And what starting salary were you looking for?”

The candidate responded, “In the neighborhood of $125,000 a year, depending on the benefits package.”

The HR person said, “Well, what would you say to a package of 5- weeks vacation, 14 paid holidays, full medical and dental, company matching retirement fund to 50% salary, and a company car leased every two years - say a red Corvette?”

The graduate sat up mouth agape and said, “Wow! Are you kidding?”

And the HR person responded, “Certainly ... but you started it!”

That’s the trouble with a lot of young people today (I thought I would never be old enough to say that!) -- they want to start at the top and work their way up from there.

We as Christians are sometimes the same way. We want what’s at “the top” without going through what lies below. For example, we want patience (and we want it right now!), but we don’t want the trials that develop patience. We’d rather start at the top. James said,

Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance" (NIV).

Have you prayed for patience lately? Expect God to give it to you immediately. And, on top of that, you’ll never have any problems in life at all. None! Everything will always go smoothly. You’ll suffer no injustices, experience no heartaches, and never know what it means to fail. Am I kidding? Certainly . . . but you started it!

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