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Friday, February 14, 2003

Edifier du Jour-Proverbs 11:1-2(NASB)
1 A false balance is an abomination to the LORD, But a just weight is His delight. 2 When pride comes, then comes dishonor, But with the humble is wisdom.
"The kid kept insisting that Charlie Pride would be at the county fair in August because Pride comes before the fall." We don't have a big problem with false scales these days, but we often have problems with creative accounting. I was hearing some news items on Enron on the way home yesterday and how their tax accounting department acted as a profit center. Many companies will try to cook the books, trying to look better than they are when they report the income statements and balance sheets (or their taxable income). Accounting rules are put into place in order to promote transparency, that all can see what the company really is like financially. The IRS and the SEC don't like shady accounting, and neither does God. We also need to look at transparency in our personal lives as well. Many of us will have emotional tax shelters and psychological off-shore accounts to make us look better to the world. When you put up those facades, you're trying to fool people into thinking you're something that you're not. Worse yet, they can keep you from God transforming your life, for he sees through the facades down to the real you anyway. Let Him work with the real you, not the Potemkin village version of you. With the humility of being real with God will come wisdom, as God can get a chance to change your life from the inside. Insisting on ones pride will eventually lead to dishonour.

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