Most people can prioritize between the good and the bad or between right and wrong. The real challenge arises when they are faced with two good choices. Which should they choose?
An excellent illustration of this can be found in a parable of a lighthouse keeper who worked on a rocky stretch of coastline before the days of electricity. Once a month, he received a supply of oil to keep the light burning. Not being far from town, he often had visitors.
One night an old woman from the village begged for some oil to keep her family warm. He had pity on her and gave her oil. Another time a father asked for some oil for his lamp so that he could search his missing son. Another needed some to lubricate a wheel to keep the machinery going so that he and his employees could keep working. Each request was good, and each time, the lighthouse keeper gave them the oil for their worthy cause.
Toward the end of the month, he noticed the supply of oil was very low. By the last night of the month, it was gone, and the beacon went out. That night in a storm, a shipwrecked on the rocks and lives were lost. When the authorities investigated, the man was very repentant. To his excuses and pleading their reply was, “You were given oil for one purpose-to keep that light burning!”.
As you become more successful and busier, you must learn to navigate the choice between two good things. You can’t always have both. How do you choose? Remember that the good must sometimes be sacrificed for the best !!
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