The Price of the Whistle

Ben Franklin tells of a whistle he bought when he was a small boy. When he found that whistle, he was so enamored that he took all of the coppers from his pocket and, without even asking its price, gave everything he had to a very pleased shopkeeper. At first, he was extremely happy his new whistle and played with it all the way home. But when he got there and told his brothers how much he paid for it, they laughed with derision, for he had overpaid. He said that was so upset that he cried with vexation  because he had paid too much for his whistle.

Still, being the person he was, Franklin learned his lesson and vowed not to repeat that mistake. As an older man he observed that he had met many people whom, he thought, had paid too much for their whistles. Have you ever known such a person? I doubt that there is a single one of us who have not paid too much for their various whistles from time to time and, like young Ben, have discovered too late that they have paid far too much for what turned out to be little more than childish fancy.  

There are many such "whistles" in life, from the price young people pay for that party they should not have attended, to the price we pay when we skip the worship to rest, to the price we pay for getting involved with that person we should have never messed with in the first place. There will be many, many whistles in life that will tempt us with their glittering attractions. It is important for us, like old Ben, to mature enough to recognize those things that tempt us to pay everything we have now for something that will only leave us "crying with vexation" in the end.

If you have paid too much for your whistle, then welcome to the club. Now, what will you do to make sure that you never again pay such a dear price for your dangerous and trivial pursuits?

A prudent man sees danger and takes refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it. 

Proverbs 22:3, NIV