The Paint Can
Courtesy of Prentiss F.
A newlywed couple wanted to join a church. The pastor told them, "We
have special requirements for new parishioners. You must abstain from sex
for one whole month." The couple agreed and, after two-and-a-half weeks, returned to the Church.
When the Pastor ushers them into his office, the wife is crying, and
the husband is obviously very depressed. "You are back so soon...Is
there a problem?" the pastor inquired.
"We are terribly ashamed to admit that we did not manage to abstain from sex for the required month," the young man replied sadly.
The pastor asked him what happened. "Well, the first week was
difficult. However, we managed to! abstain through sheer willpower. The second
week was terrible, but with the use of prayer, we managed to abstain.
However, the third week was unbearable. We tried cold showers, prayer, reading
from the Bible...anything to keep our minds off carnal thoughts. One
afternoon, my wife reached for a can of paint and dropped it. When she bent over
to pick it up, I was overcome with lust and had my way with her right then
and there," admitted the man, shamefacedly.
"You understand this means you will not be welcome in our church,"
stated the pastor.
"We know." said the young man, hanging his head, "We're not welcome
at Home Depot, either.