To Be Bold

Reading for Today: Proverb Chapter 29

Gold Nugget
Verse 10: 
The bloodthirsty hate the blameless, but the upright seek his well-being.

Commentary
 You can’t make everybody like you. Accepting that early on will free us from much disappointment. They say that you should never mention politics and religion certain settings. Pointing out your position to certain people may put you at odds with them without even knowing it. Well, I say some things that we may be at odds about are best put right out front. Just the same, establishing out front that they may share those positions can be twice as productive. One of these places where religion is considered taboo is in a job interview. So much for that concept, I can hardly wait for an opportunity to present itself in an interview where we can talk about my faith. My position is that of today’s “gold nugget”, The bloodthirsty hate the blameless, but the upright seek his well-being. Although this verse is very descriptive, it can be summed up as follows; People that are unjust will not appreciate the just, but the just will be grateful and helpful to the just. I would rather a potential employer know just where I stand and what he can expect from me, than to avoid the defining foundation of who I am and have it be an issue later. If they are just, they will respond quickly to my openness and embrace our shared faith. If they are not appreciative and respectful of this defining character, I would just as soon know this up front as well. Those that love God will love me as a brother. Those that love God I must and will also love as a brother or sister. This may not fit well with many people’s belief, but it has worked well with me. I can’t tell you what a blessing it has been allowing God to be a part of who I am in the workplace or any other so called taboo arena. I have seen too many coworkers and even clients and interviewers come to tears as we begin to talk about the love of God and deep spiritual things. I have just learned to accept that the unjust will not appreciate the just, but the just will be grateful and helpful to the just.

Prayer
Lord, help us to be as Paul requested in 1 timothy 2:8, I desire therefore that the men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting It’s my prayer that we would be bold in our faith and don’t fear those that will not accept us. Amen

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