There is no question that the church at Corinth was Paul’s heavenly sandpaper. There is also no doubt that Paul had a great love for them, for he had sacrificed tremendously for them; but it appears that the church at Corinth had very little appreciation for Paul’s sacrifice.
A harried waitress approached the table where a young girl was sitting by herself. She quickly asked the girl what she wanted. “How much is an ice cream sundae?” the little girl inquired.
The waitress snapped, “A dollar seventy-five.”
The girl looked at her fistful of change and then asked, “How much is a dish of just plain ice cream?”
“One fifty,” retorted the waitress.
“Then I’ll take the plain ice cream, please,” said the young customer. The waitress returned with the bowl of ice cream and delivered it with a rude silence.
After the little girl finished her ice cream and left, the waitress went to clear off the table. To her shame, she found two dimes and five pennies. Her tip was the exact amount the little girl needed to get a sundae rather than just plain ice cream. In each of our lives, others have made sacrifices for our well-being. The question is, are we grateful; or do we treat those who have sacrificed for us with a rude, unappreciative spirit?
✞ Make a list of those who have sacrificed for your benefit.
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