Behind Curtain Number 2


I’m sitting in the waiting room of Toyota’s repair/service section and the flatscreen TV is showing “Let’s Make a Deal.” And I’ve got to tell you, that’s an addicting show! This is why I never turn the TV on during the day when I’m at home.

You all know how the show works. It didn’t take long for me to realize two patterns:

1) The chosen contestants are required to act as loud and obnoxious as possible, and

2) The audience will always suggest opening the Big Box.

Even if the contestant is holding a $4,700 check in his hand, and he’s faced with the decision to keep the money or see what’s in the Big Box, the audience will go nuts pestering him to look in the Box.

I think that’s because they have nothing on the line and really, they’re just curious.

We’re all curious, aren’t we? The good thing about the Bible is that it lays it all out on the line. There are few secrets in the Bible.

But Satan keeps most of the world’s pleasures in the Big Box. And when we choose to see what’s in the Big Box, we’re forfeiting the truth of the Bible every time.

Today, you will be faced with many temptations and decisions. You will be given the choice of following God’s Word, or experience the promised sensation of keeping money that doesn’t belong to you, feel the so-called power of dominating your wife or kids, lie to a friend, or cheat on a test.

You should see the looks on these people’s faces when they exchange a $1,000 check with what’s in the Big Box and it turns out to be a platter of cheese. Or a giant stuffed green dinosaur.

Sure, the Big Box holds some great things sometimes, like an all-expense paid trip to Canada, or an entertainment set, complete with surround sound. But honestly, when I’m already holding a $1,000 check, I can spend it on anything I want. I might not need an entertainment set, or I might rather go to Spain than Canada (not to be picky).

So when you’re confronted with making a worldly choice, and you’re equipped with the priceless Word of God, it always comes down to foolishness when we disarm ourselves and choose what’s in the Big Box, no matter how glamorous or pleasurable it may be.


About Andrew Toy
I'm in the beginning stages of starting my own publishing company that's unlike anything you've ever heard of in the industry. The direction of AdoptingJames is taking a 90-degree turn and will be more writing/publishing-focused. Stay tuned for huge updates and exciting news!

23 Responses to Behind Curtain Number 2

  1. Shoes Summerfield says:

    Well said! Great post, thank you!

  2. gapark says:

    Trading our birthright for a mess of potage? Great analogy.

  3. lisajsmi says:

    I loved the comparison to “Let’s make a Deal” It is the way of the world. Thankfully, our God can move mountains! I will keep you and your wife in my prayers as you move through the foster to adopt process. May the peace that passes all understanding be with you as you deal with the bureaucracy and endless paperwork, inspections and whatever else you may have to do.

  4. LUGS says:

    i watched the program countless times, now you put meaning to it and it made more sense…yes, we all want the Big Box, not knowing that the devil is just waiting… we just have to be contented with what we have.. and also be careful with our life’s choices.. love your post! 🙂

  5. Chantelle says:

    Great post. You write in a way that people can understand without getting distracted by the words, if that makes any sense. I look forward to reading more.

  6. bwbyars says:

    This reminds me of the parable of the Hidden Treasure. Did you ever see the Modern Parables version?

  7. sothislife says:

    Well written, interesting contrasts. I’m not a believer but I like your writing style.

  8. Great post! Thank for reminding us all to hold on to that which has eternal value. The pleasures of this world are temporal at best. Blessings…

  9. Interesting thought. Yes, the word of God is reliable whereas other options often aren’t and if you don’t know what you’ll get – well….
    But the Bible still holds plenty of surprises.

  10. kalabalu says:

    One in hand is worth two in bush 😉

  11. Noelle S. says:

    Well said, thanks for this!

  12. Interesting comparison on making the proper choices. Thanx for visiting my blog and have a wonderful day.

  13. Reblogged this on quirkywritingcorner and commented:
    This is a very clever analogy.

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