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My printer was out of ink, and in searching for some new cartridges to replace the empties I encountered a startling revelation. With the printer that I was using, it was actually less expensive to buy a new printer than it was to replace the cartridges. Replacing parts would cost $60. Buying a new printer complete with full cartridges would cost $32.

Go figure! Although I understand that re-filled cartridges could be purchased for less than new, I still wonder why this other unusual reality exists.

There are plenty of questions that I can’t seem to answer in my life; perplexities that make me say “Hmmm.”  I recently saw a list of unanswered questions that made me think…and laugh. Here’s a sample:

1. If nothing sticks to Teflon, then how do they get Teflon to stick to the pan?
2. How does the guy that drives the snowplow get to work in the morning?
3. Why do the phrases “fat chance” and “slim chance’ mean the same thing?
4. Why isn’t the word “phonetic” spelled the way it sounds?1

Now mind you, these things don’t keep me up at night, but they do give me pause to wonder. There is however a huge question that does trouble me, especially since I now understand how high the stakes are. Here’s the question:

A Bad Deal

Why would anyone give up an opportunity to live for eternity in a place of peace, love, and contentment in exchange for a short life here on earth?

How could we even think about making such a trade, when we consider God’s promise found in the book of John?

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you may also be where I am” (John 14:1-3).

In light of this incredible verse it seems to me that it would make sense to at least check out Christ’s promises for myself. If after I’ve investigated I find that it’s not all that it’s cracked up to be, I can always go back to living a short while and dying when it’s all over.

But as simple as that seems to be, I struggled with it for many years, and I still don’t understand why I waited so long to check out the claims of Christ. I still wonder why it took me so long. Hmmm…

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1 Perplexing questions taken from the following web site: http://bob.bob.bofh.org/~cube/bouncy/perpq.html 

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