Have you examined your conscience lately? WOW…you might be in for a real surprise. Come on now…you know what I mean…think about what you’re doing in your life. You know….it’s that little man up in your head that’s saying….”no-no…don’t do that.” But most of us (me included) don’t won’t to listen to him, because “we don’t want to do what is right.” We think that “that little thing is not worth fretting over.” And, it may not be, if you want to compare it to “killing someone.” But when we get in the habit of “doing wrong,” then we lose our sense of direction. And, then, we’re going to get into real trouble. It makes no difference if we are taking “short-cuts” at work, standing in the way of someone’s promotion, frowning… when smiling is easier and more enjoyable, ignoring someone in real need of help, playing golf when we NEED to spend some quality time with our children, purposely ignoring your spouse, spending a little too much time visiting with the girl in the next office (when we know it could easily lead to something more than a visit)…. All of those sorts of things. THINGS that, on the surface, are not that big of a deal, but if we flirt with the APPLE…then we’re heading for trouble…and we should KNOW it. As Nancy Reagan was so well known for having said: JUST SAY NO! God will provide us with the “where-with-all” to avoid sin. But, we have to be a “willing participant.” Think about it…I know that I am. Matthew 5:10-12– “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” Romans 2:6-8– He will render to each one according to his works: to those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give eternal life; but for those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, there will be wrath and fury. …Blessings…cjlb …8/9/14.