The Savior once
asked his disciples the following question. "What shall a man give in
exchange for his soul?" This is a question
that my father taught me to carefully
consider, years ago. As I was growing up,
my parents assigned me chores around the house and paid
me an allowance for that work. I often used that money, a
little over $0.50 a week, to go to the movies. Back then, a movie ticket
cost $0.25 for an 11-year-old. This left me with $0.25 to
spend on candy bars, which cost $0.05 apiece. A movie with five candy bars. It couldn't get much
better than that.
All was well, until I turned 12. Standing in line
one afternoon, I realized that the ticket price
for a 12-year-old was $0.35 and that meant two
less candy bars.
Not quite prepared to
make that sacrifice, I reasoned to myself, you look
the same as you did a week ago. I then stepped up and
asked for the $0.25 ticket. The cashier did not blink. And I bought my regular five
candy bars instead of three. Elated by my
accomplishment, I later rushed home to tell my
dad about my big coup.
As I poured out the
details, he said nothing. When I finished, he simply
looked at me and said, "Son, would you sell
your soul for a nickel?" His words pierced my
12-year-old heart. It is a lesson I
have never forgotten.