Hat tip to Rabbi Shais Taub
An alcoholic is sitting on the side of his bed, beside himself with misery and fear, thinking to himself aloud, "I'd do anything to get sober." Suddenly, he hears a voice saying, "This is God. How much money have you got in your wallet?"
"Twenty dollars" says the man.
"Good", says God. For $20 I'll give you sobriety.
Man: "But I need the $20 to buy gas for my car."
God: "You have a car? The price of sobriety is $20 and your car."
Man: "But I need my car to get to work."
God: "You have a job? The price of sobriety is $20, your car and your job."
Man: "But if I don't work, I can't pay my mortgage"
God: " You have a house? The price of sobriety is $20, your car, your job and your house."
Man: "But where will my family live without a house? "
God: "You have a family? The price of sobriety is $20, your car, your job, your house and your family."
The man presses his head into his hands and says no more.
God: "Do we have a deal for the price of your sobriety?"
Man: "Yes, you can take everything in exchange for sobriety"
God: "Something else. The $20 is mine now. I want you to spend it as I would spend it. The car is my car. Use it to do my will. Go to work, earn a paycheck, and support your family and care for them the way I would, since it's now my job and my family.
Man: "Okay, it's a deal"
God: "Here it all is back for you to take care of for me. And here is your sobriety."