A man woke up early in order to have his morning devotion (prayer) in the
Lord's house (church). He got dressed, set on his way to the Lord's house.
On his way to the church, the man fell and his clothes got dirty. He got
up, brushed himself up, and headed home.
At home, he changed his clothes, and was, again, on his way to the Lord's
house. On his way to the church, he fell again and at the same spot! He,
again, got up, brushed himself off and headed home. At home he, once again,
changed his clothes and was on his way to the Lord's house.
On his way to the church, he met a man holding a lamp. He asked the man of
his identity and the man replied 'I saw you fall twice on your way to the
church, so I brought a lamp so I can light your way. The first man thanked
him profusely and the two went on their way to the church. Once at the
church, the first man asked the man with the lamp to come in and pray with
him. The second man refused. The first man asked him a couple more times
and, again, the answer was the same. The first man asked him why he did not
wish to come in and pray.
The man replied, 'I am Satan'. The man was shocked at this reply. Satan
went on to explain, 'I saw you on your way to the Church and it was I who
made you fall. When you went home, cleaned yourself and went back on our
way to the church, God forgave all of your sins. I made you fall a second
time, and even that did not encourage you to stay home, but rather, you
went back on your way to Church. Because of that, God forgave all the sins
of the people of your household. I was afraid if I made you fall one more
time, then God will forgive the sins of the people of your village, so I
made sure that you reached the house of God (Church) safely.'
Do not put off the good you intended to do as you never know how much
reward you might receive from the hardships you encounter while trying to
achieve that good. For your righteousness can save your family and nation
at large. Do this and see the victory of the Lord. If forwarding this
message will bother you, or take too much time from you, then don't do it,
but you will not get the reward of it, which is great. Wouldn't it be easy
just to press 'Forward' and receive this reward?
Praise be to God in the highest.