According to an Associated Press story, a 13-year-old California teen ran up a cell phone bill of nearly $22,000.

Ted Estarija said he was expecting his bill to be higher this month after adding his son to his plan, but wasn’t expecting a bill of $21,917 in data usage charges. The Hayward man said his Verizon Wireless  bill soared after his son apparently downloaded about 1.4 million kilobytes of data last month.  His plan didn’t cover data usage, so he was charged by the megabyte.

Estarija said after the first media reports, Verizon said they would credit his account for the entire amount. He has also suspended his son’s account.

When I read this story today, I thought of John 1:14, “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.”  Unlike Mr. Estarija, Jesus knew the cost.  He knew that coming to this earth would cause him unspeakable pain and ultimately cost Him His life, yet He came anyway.

PRAYER:  “Lord, thank You, that although You knew the cost, You came to this earth.  You came so we could know You, see You, and experience salvation through Your death on the cross.  Thank you for paying our bill, caused by our sin and for crediting our account with your righteous when we trust in You as our Savior.  Lord, thank You!  AMEN.”

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