Sunday, November 3, 2019

Daily Devotion: Count the Cost

Bible Reading: Acts 15:36-41

Key Verse: Verse 39 – “And the contention was so sharp between them, that they departed asunder one from the other: and so Barnabas took Mark, and sailed unto Cyprus;

Key Words: And the contention was so sharp between them

If Paul and Barnabas could have a conflict then certainly the rest of us are prone to as well.

In 1937 architect Frank Lloyd Wright built a house for industrialist Hibbard Johnson. One rainy evening Johnson was entertaining distinguished guests for dinner when the roof began to leak. The water seeped through directly above Johnson himself, dripping steadily onto his head. Irate he called Wright in Phoenix, Arizona. "Frank," he said, "you built this beautiful house for me and we enjoy it very much. But I have told you the roof leaks, and right now I am with some friends and distinguished guests and it is leaking right on top of my head." Wright’s reply was: "Well Hib, why don’t you move your chair?"

Conflicts are not a matter of “if” but a matter of “when.” Paul and Barnabas’ conflict was a result of two men seeing themselves as right and neither of them being willing to give in. Sometimes it would be better if we’d just move the chair.

What to do:
✞ Count the cost!!

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