YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR: My Bride has been drumming this into my head for all of our married life (56+ years). I am often accused of doing it the “cheapest way,” just in order to save money. I admit to wanting to save money, but the idea that the highest price reflects the best product…is… well, simply not true. Price does not reflect value, or quality, in every case. One does not pay more for a Michael Kors watch because it is, necessarily, a better watch… but because it has the name Michael Kors written on it. Ditto for a Polo shirt, or a fine dinner at Ruth Chris verses a fine dinner at a locally owned, but “very fine” restaurant; and many other products… and services.
This line of thinking is true; rather it’s in a business forum, a marriage, a meal in a restaurant, an education, a vehicle purchase, an elected official, a subordinate… and even a religious setting. Too, and often, we spend thousands of dollars doing employment searches… looking for just the right candidate; then, turn right around and hire the guy who “serves our purpose,” rather than hiring for the “purpose needed.” Thus… the wrong guy is doing what the right guy should be doing. But ah…we saved having to pay the “bigger salary.” You get what you pay for. Or, you don’t get what you should pay for.
Sometimes, the motives are illegal, self-serving, or ill-conceived…. and surely not inspired by God. Ecclesiastes 9:10-11 tells us – “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might; for there is no activity or planning or knowledge or wisdom in Sheol (the grave) where you are going. I again saw under the sun that the race is not to the swift and the battle is not to the warriors, and neither is bread to the wise nor wealth to the discerning nor favor to men of ability; for time and chance overtake them all.
Here’s the deal…. we should do it “the best way,” the first time. Otherwise… it’s all a waste of time, money, energy, and commitment. The “best way,” always produces the “best results.” Frank Sinatra and Elvis Pressley were not “necessarily right,” when they “did it their way.”
Our actions “always” reflect who we are. Those actions should reflect what we profess to believe. We should take the right actions (do the right thing) even when it’s difficult. We should “walk the walk,” not just TALK about it. Living one’s life according to the GOLDEN RULE is always the BEST way. Children and adults, both, are watching and learning (good or bad) from our actions; and we should remember that we “represent God” in ALL that we do.