At the start of the story, an ugly and elderly woman approaches a castle seeking help. When the master of the castle turns her away, she transforms into a beautiful and young woman. When the master attempts to back track and allow her to come into his home, she says he had made his decision and it could not be reversed.
She then gives him a rose and announces that he has to learn to love despite outward appearances by the time the last petal falls from the rose or the transformation would be permanent. And with that a curse falls on his castle.
The once bright castle transforms into a dark castle. His servants are changed into animated inanimate objects that reflect their job in the castle. And the master is changed into a horrible looking beast.
The question I have for you is this: is this fair?
Is it fair that, due to a choice made by the master, the servants were changed into teapots and clocks and candlesticks and foot rests and, well, you get the point?
Is it fair that they would be stuck in this condition “forever” if the master/beast did not learn to love?
Is it fair that the old/young woman doesn’t give the master a chance to change his mind?
In answer to all these questions, I would have to say no, it is not fair. But then again life is often not fair.
Sometimes we only get one opportunity to “get it right.” If we blow it, the consequences could last “forever.”
Strange as it may sound, the choices that we make can and do influence those around us...particularly those who are closest to us.
For example, you have a good friend who is not a Christian. You are presented with an opportunity to share the gospel with them...but you don’t. Then something happens and, for whatever reason, you never get another opportunity to speak to them ever again.
Every day we make choices that not only impact ourselves, but also those around us. We need to be aware of this and make sure the choices we make are the right choices...because “forever” may hang in the balance for us and those around us.