In 1990, I had the privilege of being in Jerusalem while giving a paper at an international conference on heat transfer. I had a marvelous time walking through the streets of Jerusalem and experiencing some of the good and the bad of the Middle East. In one shop, I saw a stack of round brass plates for sale that the vendor said were hand-made, authentic, and 2000 years old from ancient Jerusalem. I picked up one plate and on the underside was a miraculous little adhesive sticker that said “Made in Hong Kong.” When I pointed that out to the vendor, he said, “OK – half price.”
Sometimes in life we go for things that have no value, thinking we’re getting a good deal. Don’t settle for less than the Lord has in store for you. Don’t settle for being less than you are meant to be. The Gospel calls us to be sons and daughters of God, to ultimately put on the divine nature as we truly follow Jesus. Don’t settle for less, even if it is half price.