A young boy went into a grocery store and asked for laundry detergent. The grocer asked, “Is this for your clothes?”
“No,” said the boy. “It’s for my dog.”
The grocer said, “This stuff isn’t made for dogs. It could kill him.”
The boy took the detergent anyway. A few days later, he returned to the store. The grocer asked about his dog.
“He died,” lamented the boy.
“I told you the laundry detergent was bad for your dog,” said the kind man.
“Oh no!” said the boy. “He didn’t die from the detergent. It was the spin cycle that got him.”
Lesson: Bad decisions have bad consequences.
Recovery Step: Just as the boy with the dog should have listened to the man at the grocery store, we each have people whose counsel we should regularly seek. “Now these things happened to them as an example, but they were written down for our instruction, on whom the end of the ages has come” (1 Corinthians 10:11).