Thursday Three For All: The Cost of Ministry, Cheap Shower Curtains, and Calvin and Hobbes
It’s Thursday, kiddies: the day when I roll out a few things I’ve been reading over the past week. Three of ‘em, to be exact. Enjoy. (Remember: click on the big bold print to read the entire article.)
(via @_michaelkelley) Ministry always costs us something. Michael gives a great reminder that our temporary inconveniences are worth the eternal gains.
The scene is a familiar one during the days of Jesus’ ministry in Palestine. Having developed the reputation as a teacher with authority, a friend to those on the outskirts of society, and a worker of signs and wonders, the crowds were thick around the Son of God. People pressing in from every side. Everyone clamoring for their own place in the crowd – a place to listen. A place to see. A place to experience.
And for more than one, a place where they might experience the miraculous. Surely, because of the crowds, more than one person with an ailment didn’t find such a place. Instead, they found themselves on the outskirts again, barely within earshot of the rabbi and yet not close enough to experience His healing touch. But Mark 2 gives us a different account.
(via @thisissethsblog) And staying in the vein of things that cost us, here’s what happens when we cheap out:
The unskilled cost accountant might suggest you outfit your new hotel with cheap shower curtains. After all, if you save $50 a room and have 200 rooms, pretty soon, we’re talking real money.
On the other hand, experience will demonstrate that cheap shower curtains let the water out, causing a minor flood, every day, room after room. And they wear out faster. Cheap shower curtains aren’t actually cheap.
Productivity pays for itself.
Once you start looking for metaphorical cheap shower curtains, they’re everywhere.
(via @TodayIFoundOut1) C&H was one of the all-time great strips. If you’ve ever wondered what became of Bill Watterson, skip to the 6:43 mark and find out. (The rest of the video is pretty good, though.)
photo credit: Jason Mathis