“…it sounded like a bunch of SMOKE and MIRRORS…”

The Great Pretender: To some degree…. We are all pretenders….pretending to be someone we are not.  I KNOW that I’ve been guilty of that before.  Some number of times, I’ve gone into business situations, which the outcome of which, would be most important… and I didn’t know left from right…BUT… I was the only one who knew that I didn’t know squat.  Fortunately, over the years…I was a “fast learner” and was able to outrun that part of me that was “pretending” that I knew what was going on.

There is a time, though, when we cannot speculate with someone else’s money, time, and resources.  There is a time when the rubber hits the metal… and we have to KNOW precisely what we’re doing.  We cannot, and should not, be pretending.  Risking our “our own future,” is one thing, but to risk the future of others…maybe even our own family… our children…over some lame-brain idea that is surrounded by incompetence and PRETENSE.  The Great Pretender.

I was making a “business presentation” one time, the purpose of which, was to “save the company,” to take the company on a “new branding,” type of concept.  I overheard the Chairman of the Board telling the President…”it sounded like a bunch of SMOKE and MIRRORS…”   Frightfully so… he was right.  But sometimes, that is exactly what it is.  But, if it works, who is to dispute SUCCESS.

There are two places where “pretending” should not be permitted… in family matters, and spiritual matters.  There is “no-room” for pretending to be something that we’re not in a marriage commitment. It simply will not work…. Don’t even try it.  When the “going gets rough,” we are dependent on our FAMILIIES to be there for us…to offer their LOVE and SUPPORT.  But, if we’ve been “playing games” with them, with our family as collateral… then, likely, they won’t be there to pull us up out of the hole…the hole we’ve dug for ourselves.  1 Corinthians 13:4-7 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

That leaves God.  He is ALWAYS there.   But, like family, His way of helping might not be what we’re expecting.  God wrote the book on “tough-love.”  He doesn’t ever stop loving us, but He’ll LOVE us in a way that we least expect.  The BOTTOM LINE…don’t pretend with GOD.   Pretending to Love God, pretending to Love your neighbor….pretending to SERVE others…..God sees through every angle, every closed door, and every secret.  God will buck our “pretend life” to its knees.  God is a jealous God.   Hebrews 13:8-9 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Do not be led away by diverse and strange teachings, for it is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace, not by foods, which have not benefited those devoted to them.   Matthew 24:4 – And Jesus answered them, “See that no one leads you astray.

…Blessings…cjlb…12/-6/14  

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About Charles Brooks

who is originally from Miami, Fla., moved to SC, holds two degrees from the University of SC. His business background is primarily in Real Estate Development (Motels, Hotel, Office Buildings, Restaurants, Residential) and Business Consulting. He currently is Managing Director of Brooks, Baker, Lehman & Kohlhepp - Investors in Real Estate and Mining, and has other business interests under the umbrella of Brooks Properties. FULL-TIME-MINISTRY: Fully engaged in spreading the Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ, with an emphasis on the Business Community.

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