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By Don Loftis | 02.26.10

Recently, Donna Louise Greenwell of Pitkin, LA was sentenced to fifteen months of imprisonment at hard labor. She was convicted of attempting to sell a five year-old boy and a four year-old girl to a couple in a neighboring town.

While the crime is bad enough, it was the fee she received that put this event on the news. For the two children Mrs. Greenwell was to have receied $175 and a cockatoo. That’s right — two children in exchange for a smart bird and a small amount of cash.

Before we file this news item, we should pause to reflect how often people trade very important things for little or nothing. A teenage girl trades in her virginity, reputation and self respect for a wild prom night. A talented businessman risks his job by viewing porn on the company computer. A lady ruins her health by refusing to stop a habit that she hates anyway. A husband sacrifices his marriage for a three week affair.

Even more foolishly, people barter their souls for a promotion or peer acceptance. Pride and arrogance can close hearts to the thing that matters the most. Jesus raised this very issue in Matthew 16:26, when He asked, “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul.” Don’t lose your greatest resouce — for any price.


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