Buy One Get Ten Free

It seemed like a good deal when I first heard it. Then she repeated it. It sounded even better the second time around and especially when a pretty woman says it. I didn’t need the first one but having ten more for free, well who could refuse that offer?

The sales pitch is straightforward and legal. It is even socially acceptable. Again, however, the problem is I don’t need the first one. Somehow it just seems right to go ahead and buy it.

Such is the way of making decisions based upon the desire to gratify appetites for hungers that never really existed. Somehow I have allowed the world to set my agenda, define my pleasures and offer solutions to problems I didn’t know I even have.

The best thing about this offer of buying one and getting ten free is that I get a lifetime supply of things I don’t need just as long as I will let this woman come in and sell me just one more.

Proverbs 5:9-14 (The Message) You don’t want to squander your wonderful life, to waste your precious life among the hardhearted. Why should you allow strangers to take advantage of you? Why be exploited by those who care nothing for you? You don’t want to end your life full of regrets, nothing but sin and bones, Saying, “Oh, why didn’t I do what they told me? Why did I reject a disciplined life? Why didn’t I listen to my mentors, or take my teachers seriously? My life is ruined! I haven’t one blessed thing to show for my life!” Never Take Love for Granted. Do you know the saying, “Drink from your own rain barrel, draw water from your own spring-fed well”? It’s true. Otherwise, you may one day come home and find your barrel empty and your well polluted.

17 Your spring water is for you and you only, not to be passed around among strangers.

18 Bless your fresh-flowing fountain! Enjoy the wife you married as a young man!

19 Lovely as an angel, beautiful as a rose – don’t ever quit taking delight in her body. Never take her love for granted!

20 Why would you trade enduring intimacies for cheap thrills with a whore? for dalliance with a promiscuous stranger?

21 Mark well that God doesn’t miss a move you make; he’s aware of every step you take.

22 The shadow of your sin will overtake you; you’ll find yourself stumbling all over yourself in the dark.