The Sign On The Wall

Herman’s friend Alston was falling behind on some bills. Rather than applying for another loan, he decided to ask for a raise. His plan didn’t work so well.


For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not first sit down and estimate the cost, to see whether he has enough to complete it? (Lk 14:28; NRSV)

In the Bible, Jesus tells His disciples that everything has a cost. He cautions that a person must understand the cost of a venture before embarking on it.

While our Lord’s words are not limited to business owners and managers, it does include them. Part of the cost of doing business is paying workers a livable wage. After all, they play a big part in making the venture a success.

That how Herman saw things, and he was disappointed that Alston’s plan didn’t work.


Alston is still trying to make ends meet. The pandemic and the recent growth in inflation hasn’t helped much. He spends a lot of time “kicking himself” for not seeing the writing on the wall sooner.

Herman prays for Alston and his family every day. He also prays for the sign makers in many businesses in Chucktown (his community).


That’s our story and we’re sticking to it. God has a plan and purpose for your life (Jer 29:11). Trust Him!

In Christ.

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