I’m a Bonafide SOB: Ask anyone… they’ll tell you. And, NO! I’m not proud of it… but for the record… For 40 years I was a paid SOB. Later, I tried doing it for FREE. I discovered that if you are going to be an SOB, then you may as well get paid for it…..doing it for free will cheapen the product (the product = me).nobody likes a second rate SOB. My advice is… if you want an SOB…then bite the bullet, and buy the best.
So…what’s this all about…?
In my early employment years, I found that, among my financial skills… I also had the innate skill-set of analyzing the operational aspects of a given company, or situation…make some recommendations that would improve the company posture rather… drastically. Too often, though, it took some pretty “drastic changes” which affected many of the company assets, including personnel, inventory, and real estate holdings. While I was successful in the eyes of the companies that hired me… I was not held in high-favor of the people that were sometimes affected. Thus, I was, sometimes, and too often… viewed as a “paid SOB.” So, there you have it.
After some years of successfully advising these companies… I found that being a ‘paid SOB” paid pretty well. Many years later, in my semi-retirement years; I continued being an SOB… but offered my services at “no charge.” You know… just trying to be a ‘good-guy.’ Trying to be helpful… like PRO-BONO. Well, it didn’t work so very well. People… to many if fact…seemingly…questioned my intentions… doing all this ‘good-stuff’ for NO-CHARGE. Who does that…they thought? Well, I decided that being a “for-free” SOB… just wasn’t working out very well. I was cheapening my product… which was me. So…NO MORE FREE STUFF….and, more importantly…no more…being an SOB. Free, or not!
My ‘greater point’ here…is this: This is the same thing that satan does. He makes changes in your life… he sucks you into a ‘different way’ of doing things… promising your ‘big returns.’ And… while he doesn’t CHARGE you anything for his services at the ‘front-end of the deal’…. He CHARGES you ‘big time’ at the end of the deal. His PRICE? He charges you “your self-respect,” he charges you your “honesty and integrity,” and likely…almost guaranteed… he’ll charge you “your marriage,” and he’ll take away “your career,” and he’ll steal all your “money,” and lastly… he’ll take your “HEALTH”….all the while…going after your SOUL.
He… satan… will strip you CLEAN of everything you have. There is just one thing that he cannot take from you, and that is… your soul. Your SOUL belongs to God.
Since God is able to do anything His will desires… we may ask, ‘Is it God’s will to use His power to protect his people?’ God’s promise of protection is conditional—it is realized only by those who draw close to Him. Proverbs 18:10 states: “The name of Jehovah is a strong tower. Into it the righteous runs and is given protection.”
God has shielded us with his powerful wings! Psalm 17:7, 8. Show your loyal love in a wonderful way, O Savior of those seeking refuge at your right hand from those who rebel against you. Guard me like the pupil of your eye; Conceal me in the shadow of your wings.
So… unless you want to place your destiny in the hands of a ‘paid SOB,” and that would be satan… then LOVE, and TRUST in the LORD, Jesus Christ… our Trusted Lord… The Savior of all of Mankind… and He will set you ‘free’ of the bonds of SIN.