February 11, 2024
Reflections From the Heart of Allan Redenius
“Step into my office, said the spider to the fly.” “I’m from the office of da devil, and I’m here to help you.” Both clichés that put me on guard and remind me of another. “Beware of Greeks bearing gifts. Remember the Trojan Horse.”
How many times have I heard, “I have an investment, a hot tip to make you rich—quick”? Always somebody wanting my money, your money. Let me give you a word of warning, some advice. Read the first paragraph again.
In case you don’t know it, there is no Santa Claus, no Easter Bunny, and for that matter, no Tooth Fairy. So be prudent and wise about what the good Lord has given to you.
Here are the two words that are a clue that something might be awry when someone makes an investment proposal to you. The words are “guaranteed” and “free.” Of course, the huckster always throws in this emotion, “Hurry, you don’t want to miss this limited time offer.”
A long time ago, our friends were invited for a free steak dinner, if they would listen to a presentation for some land, probably on the side of a cliff. They asked us to go with them. All four of us thought it would be a great night out with a steak dinner—for free. Of course, the first thing that happened was that the hucksters separated us. Our friends ate with one huckster, and we ate with the other. Not at all the way we planned the evening.
All the while during dinner, the salesman, aka huckster, reminded us of the free dinner and that the land we were soon to purchase would quickly go up in value, almost guaranteed. (Did you catch the buzz words?) Then came the urgency. Our guy, along with the others, suddenly stood up and began calling out, “We want Lot 1, Lot 2, or Lot 3.” He said as he looked at us, “You just gotta get the best one before someone else gets it. Which one do you want?” Do you sense the urgency?
Just some wisdom to think about when a huckster comes near you. Sooner or later, they will!
In the meantime, remember what the Lord says about living your life. “Be wise as serpents and gentle as doves.”
Just looking out for you!
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