A small Piece of Butter

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The foundation stones for a balanced success are honesty, character, integrity, faith, love and loyalty.

Zig Ziglar

Proverbs 14:5

New International Version (NIV)

5 An honest witness does not deceive,
but a false witness pours out lies.

When the elderly head of the trust department at a bank retired, four competent young men competed to fill the vacancy. After considering the merits of each applicant, the board of directors made its decision. They decided to notify the young man of his promotion, which included a substantial raise in salary, at a meeting scheduled for after lunch.

During the noon hour, the young man they had selected went to the cafeteria for lunch. One of the directors was a few spots behind him in the line. The director saw the young man select his food, including a small piece of butter. As soon as he flipped the butter onto his plate, he shuffled some food on top of it to hide it from the cashier. Thus, he avoided paying for it.

That afternoon the directors met to notify the young man of his promotion, but prior to bringing him into the room, the entire board was told of the incident. Rather than giving the young man the promotion, they called him in to discharge him from the bank. They had concluded that if he were to lie to a cashier about what was on his plate, he would be just as willing to lie about what was in the bank’s account.

Lying isn’t a matter of degrees. A lie is lie. And truth is truth. You can bank on it. Character is what you are in the dark. Knowing how to do wrong is a true way to put a wedge between the all knowing God. It’s just like drinking on the Sabbath and claiming to be a devout believer, its just like being at the basketball game on Sabbath but telling your job you are a Sabbath keeper, but you are on the telethron with a drink and shouting ” go boys- go!!!.

Think about how close God is to us in our travels He yields us strength to perform. I beseech you and myself to take heead less we fall.


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