A Word with You - May 19, 2011


The Fear of Losing Your Place

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It was an overflow night some years ago at the Beverly Hills Supper Club in Southgate, Kentucky. Such an overflow night, that they had to move a lot of extra chairs into a ballroom which was supposed to seat 800. And now, somehow they had squeezed in like 1,200 people. There was a famous performer on stage that night, and he had some comedians on to warm up the crowd in advance.

Walter Bailey was an 18-year-old bus boy, who walked in and said, "Ladies and gentlemen, there's been a fire in the kitchen and I would suggest you evacuate the room." Well, they couldn't see any fire, and strangely enough, nobody moved at his warning. And that night, 160 people died in that room in Kentucky. Because only minutes later, smoke and fire just burst into the room. And you know it was a needless tragedy. The bus boy couldn't believe it, and later as he was sorting out the reasons why people wouldn't move, he said, "You know, a lot of people had a good spot, and they had really fought to get a good spot that night. And they just didn't want to lose it." Wow, a lot of people make that mistake. Often, with tragic results.

© (c) Ronald P. Hutchcraft
Distributed by Ron Hutchcraft Ministries, Inc.

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