Points to Ponder The Cost of Throwing Stones

by Pastor Dennis Whitmore

There is an old legend about Aaron, a fisherman who lived on the banks of a river. Walking home one evening after a hard day’s work, he was dreaming of what being rich would be like. With a combination of hard work and some luck, someday he would make it. While walking along and thinking big thoughts his foot struck a leather pouch. Not thinking too much of the old worn thing, he picked it up and kept on going. It had some small stones in it. Maybe it belonged to some absent-minded lad. As he dreamed and walked, he’d take out a stone and throw it.

“When I’m rich,” he said to himself, “I’ll have a large house.” Then he threw a stone. “And I’ll have servants and rich food.” He threw another one. On he went until only one stone remained in his pouch.

Aaron stopped when he saw a ray of light touch the stone. It sparkled. At that moment, that glint of light made him realize that this mere stone was actually a valuable gem. He had been throwing away the real riches that were in his hand while he focused on unreal riches that may, or may never, come in the future.

How many of us are throwing away the riches Christ has given us for this day, because we are waiting for tomorrow to make it better? How many of us are stuck behind a barrier of unbelief because we think we have tomorrow?

Wouldn’t it be a shame to lose both today and tomorrow?

“What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his own soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?” Matthew 16:26

Ponder that for awhile - but not too long. The time is coming when there will be no more time coming. Jesus says:

“If anyone would come after Me, he must deny himself and take up His cross and follow Me. For whoever wants to save his life, will lose it, but whoever loses his life for Me will find it.” Matthew 16:24-25

So, what do you make of these things? It is easy for non-believers in Jesus to blow it all off. It is also easy for some Christians to nod to these words of Jesus and keep going their own way. One day it will matter eternally whether any of it is true. At least ponder the possibilities. Are you tossing away what you think are pebbles as you blithely march on your own determined course? You’d do well to stop and hold these things up to the light. It would be a shame to discover too late that you tossed away and blew off what was real while you were focusing your heart and life on what was not. A true point to ponder.

*Source of story, Lee Roberson in “The Man in Cell No. 1” as told in King Duncan’s One Minute Motivator #298

Yours in Christ,
Pastor Dennis

Pastor Whitmore serves God at the First United Methodist Church in Laurel, MD.