Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: FORGET (10/17/19)
TITLE: Consequence of Choice
By C D Swanson
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“Hunter, leave him alone, he’s not bothering anyone, come on man, that’s not cool.”
“What are you the morality police now? What’s your problem Bro?” Hunter pushed Brady.
“My problem is the old guy has enough trouble in his life without you adding to it.”
“What’s up with you man? Ever since you started seeing that chick Sarah, you’ve changed. Seriously?”
“That’s not true, but what if it were? Maybe she’s the reason I want to be a better person. All I know it’s not cool picking on an old man, and a homeless one at that. Come on man. Suppose that were someone you knew? Like someone from your own family…How’d you like that?”
Hunters eyes were wild with fury. “Man, you didn’t really say that did you? Do you really want to go there Bud?”
“What’s that supposed to mean?”
“Well, let’s just say if anyone’s family comes close to being homeless it wouldn’t be mine.”
Brady kept his tongue; he knew what Hunter was referring to, in terms of status quo, and background. They were from two entirely different backgrounds. They only became friends because of the football team. Hunter enjoyed being the center of attention, the star quarterback, and being from one of the wealthiest families in the area. Whereas, Brady’s mom, was a widow at a young age, and they lived in a small trailer home on the east end of town.
“When you get this way, it makes it hard to remember why we’re friends.”
The old man on the ground looked up, and then spoke with such authority, it stunned both young men.
“You know Hunter, you shouldn’t forget that we’re all part of the same family. It’s not good to be puffed up, and filled with love of self, or proudly boast of one’s own accomplishments. You should take a page from your friend, he’s humble, kind, and filled with compassion. He is richer than you know.”
“Hey old man, keep your stupid mouth shut, if you know what’s good for you.”
The old man’s weathered face stared up at him.
“There you go again man. Leave him alone. Let’s go home, it’s late.”
The old man stood, before he spoke. “Brady, I promise you this. You will be richly rewarded one day soon, if not here on earth, but where it is the most significant, in God’s Kingdom. Your righteous acts, will not go unnoticed, nor does your heart, which is what God sees.”
Brady, was transfixed, as was Hunter.
“You see…rewards are plentiful in the Father’s house. There you will dine with Him, and promised a seat at the biggest banquet you will ever attend. Do you believe this Brady?”
He answered without hesitation, “Yes, I do.”
“Son, you are saved…and you’ll be with the Father forever. Hunter, do you believe this to be true? Do you believe in Jesus?”
“I believe you’re an old drunken nut.”
“Too bad son, you had a chance. It would have been nice to have you at the table too. But you’ve made your choice.”
“Come on, let’s go, it’s late. I’m tired and Mom is probably wondering where I am…”
“You’re lucky my friend stopped me, stupid man!”
The old man touched Brady’s arm before saying, “My child, don’t ever forget the love the Father has for you, nor forget your love for Him.”
“Come on, I’ve had enough of this old geezer man. Get in my car!”
As Brady secured his safety belt, he looked for the old man, but he was gone! Where did he go within seconds?
“Man, that guy was a pain. Now, let’s see how fast this baby can go!”
“Hunter, slow down man! You’re going over 100 mph! Slow down! —”
The police officer that showed up at the scene of the accident, was devastated. He would never get used to seeing tragedies, especially when it was young individuals.
“They died instantly. What a sad day. They had their whole future ahead…so sad. And now, the heartbreaking part, telling the parents...”
Brady, was seated at the Lord’s table that very day, he chose wisely, his rewards unending.
As for Hunter, sadly, he didn’t make a wise choice that day, or any day, in more ways than one.
When one of those at the table with him heard this, he said to Jesus, “Blessed is the one who will eat at the feast in the kingdom of God.”
Luke 14:15 (NIV)
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