Peter: “You’re never gonna regret this Ray.”
Ray: “My parents left me that house. I was BORN there.”
Peter: “You’re not gonna lose the house. Everybody has three mortgages nowadays.”
A line from one of the best movies in the world, Ghostbusters. Spoken at an important moment where Ray mortgages his house AGAIN so the Ghostbusters have a chance of funding their dream. It was a risk, but the benefits far outweighed the cost (at least to Peter).
I’m not a huge risk taker, but in a moment of weakness I mentioned to my friend Roger my inability to successfully read fiction. Something about seminary trained me to only read things with clear thesis statements, abstracts, discussions, and conclusions. Fiction makes my brain hurt. He then said “I’m sure you’ve read the Lord of the Rings.” My answer? A resounding “No.” However, that wasn’t the risk. When Evan saw the new office furniture (read: the copies of the Lord of the Rings sitting in my office) he said “I’ll give you twenty-five bucks if you read those.”
Seriously? Twenty-five bucks? Why would I ever make a bet for an amount of money that I could simply ask a friend for? No, no. There must be something better than that. So we decided on this:
If I read the books by my birthday (June 26th) then Evan has to lead worship one Sunday entirely from the acoustic guitar and NOT the electric. However, if I fail, I have to watch all three extended-edition movies with him. Wait a second. I read for hours upon hours or I don’t read for hours upon hours and then must watch TV for hours upon hours. How’d I agree to this? What would Peter Venkman say to me about regrets?
You can see Evan’s telling of the story here: http://evangodbold.wordpress.com/2010/04/16/the-bet-is-on/
Evan thinks it is a win-win for him, since either way I get exposed to LOTR. Maybe so. But here’s what he wasn’t thinking. For at least ONE Sunday he won’t have people telling him how LOUD the music was. And instead they’ll tell him how awesome he was and how great the worship was because they could “hear the words.” Then he’ll be eternally grateful for our wager.
Wait a second. No matter what happens Evan wins. I either get exposed to LOTR via book or DVD, or Evan gets to have people tell him how great he is. It’s one of Michael Scott’s notorious win-win-win’s.
I tip my hat to you, Godbold. You’ve already won.