A church in a rural community was so small that the pastor also doubled as the local barber to make ends meet.
There happened to be a man in this small community who had invested wisely and was enjoying his newfound comfort. This man got out of bed one day to go through his daily routine. He looked into the mirror as he was about to shave and decided, “I make enough money now, I don’t have to shave myself. I’ll go down to the barber and let him shave me from now on.”
So he walked into the barber shop and found the preacher/barber was out calling on shut-ins. His wife, Grace, said “I usually do the shaves anyway … sit down and I’ll shave you.” So he did.
After she shaved him, he asked, “How much do I owe you?”
“$25,” Grace replied.
The man thought that was a bit expensive, especially if he got a shave every day. Nonetheless, he paid Grace and went on his way.
The next day, he woke up and found his face to be just as smooth as the day before. No need for a shave today, he thought, well, it was a $25 shave.
The next day he awoke to find his face as smooth as a baby’s bottom. Wow! he thought. That’s amazing, as he normally would need to shave daily to keep his clean-shaven look.
Day 3, he woke up and his face was still as smooth as the minute Grace had finished. Now, somewhat perplexed, the man went down to the barber shop to ask some questions.
This time the pastor was in. The man asked him why his face was as smooth as it was the first day it was shaven.
The kind old pastor gently retorted, “Friend, you were shaved by Grace … and once shaved, always shaved.”