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Topic: Write in the POETRY genre (05/17/07)
TITLE: A Tale of Two Christians
By Doug Apple
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He once was offended, now the fighting never ends.
They used to sit in church, and they hung around together.
They formed a little business, and it couldn’t get much better.
The money started flowing, and their social circle grew.
They both had brand new houses, and their wives were happy too.
But money’s a divider when you start to add it up.
When you think of all the work you’ve done, just half is not enough.
You get a little edgy when your partner is away.
“Why, he’s out on vacation while I’m stuck at work all day.”
“I don’t think it’s fair,” he said, while typing up a letter.
“Even my attorney sees that I deserve better!”
“50-50’s how we started. But that was way back then.
Now I am doing all the work, and all you do is spend!”
Funny thing, the other guy thought he deserved more, too.
Now their friendship is a war zone and their business is a zoo.
The whole thing ended up in court - the judge, a Christian man.
He had a lot of wisdom, and he had a Christian plan.
“Could this be settled out of court?” he asked the men one day.
“For believers having problems, God’s designed a better way.”
“What’s that?” they said. The judge now had their interest running high.
“Let’s handle this at church,” he said. “Our pastor’s very wise.”
“At church? But this is business,” they said full of skepticism.
The judge looked down upon them both. “Where better to find wisdom?”
So they handled it at church and, as you guessed, it worked out fine.
It cost a lot less money and it took a lot less time.
And amazing as it sounds, I hear their friendship was restored.
Funny how that happens…when we listen to the Lord.
(Inspired by First Corinthians chapter six.)
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