A boy was sent by his father to urgently buy him food from a restaurant.
On his way going to the restaurant, he was in a hurry because of the urgency of the assignment.
However, on his way back, he passed where his mates were playing football.
He slowed down, began to watch the game,
He was gradually slowing down further until he finally stopped.
He watched for a while and got carried away, he became interested, and indicated his interest in playing, and he was invited.
He left the food in the care of some unknown people and entered the field.
He forgot the assignment completely and played his heart out. He became the man of the match, dribbled opponents, created chances, scored goals, and changed the face of the entire game.
When night came, the owner of the ball picked it up.
It was time for everyone to go home; to go back to their parents, the game was over!
Now, after everyone had left, it dawned on the boy that he had actually been sent to buy food by his hungry father, and he went to where he had left the food, but it had been eaten by the dogs.
“But I gave this food to some people, to keep an eye on it” He said.
He picked the plates, but was no longer happy,
▪︎ all the excitement of the game was now gone,
▪︎ the people clapping and cheering for him were all gone,
▪︎ the opponents he was playing against were all gone,
▪︎ the ball itself was gone,
▪︎ time was gone,
▪︎ those who were selling food were gone, he couldn’t buy another!
▪︎ And so his chances to correct his wrong actions were also gone.
Regrets took over him, he sluggishly walked home, with tears of sorrow and regrets whilst hiding in the dark.
When people saw him, they asked him why he was crying and hiding in the dark with empty plates!
▪︎ He had left with clean plates full of excitement,
▪︎ but he now returned with same empty plates, dirty and stained !
When they asked him why he couldn’t go home, he said that his father will beat him.
▪︎ He knew the implications of a wasted time. So sad, too late.
Now hear this:
We all have a home and a Father to return to at the end of life’s journey, when it is all said and done.
▪︎ Don’t be distracted.
▪︎ Don’t rejoice when people are clapping for you while doing the wrong things, they won’t be there when you are to give an account.
Avoid Distractions, we are sent here for an assignment, and the Father is waiting for us,
▪︎ this ball we are busy playing, when night comes, the owner will pick it,
▪︎ the crowd will disappear,
▪︎ we’ll be left alone to go back and give a report to our Maker.
What will you tell Him ?
Think about it!