I remember the story about the old country preacher who had a
teenage son, and it was getting time the boy should give some
thought along the line of choosing a profession.
Like many young men, then and now, the boy didn't really know
what he wanted to do - and he didn't seem overly concerned
One day, while the boy was away at school, his father decided
to try an experiment.
What he did was, he went into the boy's room and placed on his
study table these three objects: a Bible, a silver dollar, and
a bottle of whiskey...
"Now then," the old preacher said to himself, "I'll just hide
behind the door here, and when my son comes home from school
this afternoon, I'll see which of these three objects he picks
If he picks up the Bible, he's going to be a preacher like me,
and what a Blessing that would be!
If he picks up the dollar, he's going to be a businessman, and
that would be o.k. too.
But if he picks up the bottle, he's going to be a drunkard - a
no-good drunkard and Lord, what a shame that would be."
The old man was anxious as he waited, and soon he heard his
son's footsteps as he came in the house whistling and headed
back to his room.
He deposited his books on the bed, as a matter of routine, and
as he turned around to leave the room he spotted the objects
on the table.
With a curious set in his eye, he walked over to inspect them.
What he finally did was, he picked up the Bible and placed it
under his arm. He picked up the silver dollar and dropped it
into his pocket. He uncorked the bottle and took a big drink
"Lord have mercy," the old man whispered, "He's gonna be a