Thursday, August 03, 2006

Room Service Bills & Eternal Life

Bill McGee at USA Today writes a helpful piece on tipping called: “How to Avoid the $30 Hamburger.” He shares about a recent hotel stay where he ordered a hamburger through room service so that he could get some work done in his hotel room and not have to run out for lunch.

The hamburger cost $18, room service delivery was $3.00, room service “service charge” was $3.78 and tax was $1.80. His total for a convenient in room hamburger lunch was $26.58! McGee comments, “What’s worse is that I failed to read the fine print on the bill and gave the delivery person an additional $3.00 for a tip.”

If you don’t read or understand all of the charges then you’ll end up with a “$30 Hamburger”. As it turns out the room service delivery fee of $3.00 wasn’t a tip but the room service “service charge” of $3.78 was an 18% tip. The waiter made nearly $7.00 for carrying a tray for 10 minutes to a guest room.

Thanks Bill. Truly it is a helpful reminder to those of us that travel to be aware and to read the fine print.

Reflection: Have you spent as much time reading and understanding what God says in the Bible about forgiveness of sin, end-time accountability and eternal life as you would a hotel bill for room service?

If you have a couple of minutes, click the online Bible in the right column and enter these texts for a little information concerning your soul. Romans 3:23; Romans 6:23; Hebrews 9:27; John 3:16; Romans 10:13

The good news is that eternal life is a free gift. Jesus Christ paid your tab. The bad news is that if you fail to receive His gift then you’ll be responsible to pay the bill in full.

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