“…No one will be fooled, for long, but the ‘fool himself’…”

Warning Sign - It's all about me... 11-17-14Progress is our most important product. That was General Electric’s Brand Motto for many years. I remember Ronald Reagan introducing the TV Show….The General Electric Theater… many years ago, with that same phrase. I’ve always remembered it, and applied it to my own life-style. If you’re not making progress… then, you’re sitting still, and someone is getting “your stuff.”

I remember selling “pots and pans” (for a few weeks), and even furniture (for a few more weeks)… door to door. I wasn’t very good at it, as it was always intimating to approach a “stranger.”  Some 15 years later, I actually was a “real salesman,” ….well…. kind-a.  In FACT, I was the Vice President and General Sales Manager.  But, I’d NEVER really sold anything in my entire life.  But… I was the BOSS…like it or not.

Interesting, I found being the General Sales Manager a LOT EASIER than being a “real salesman.”  My income didn’t DEPEND on “my sales,” rather, it depended on the person I hired to do the “real selling.”   I was good at “hiring the right guy” to do the right job.   Stranger yet, I was even good at telling others how to sell our product – real estate. Houses…and residential lots.

But something happened along life’s way…. I FOUND that I was “good at selling MY-SELF.” I turned out to be my MOST IMPORTANT PRODUCT. I was good at convincing others to come to work for me; good at convincing “the banker,” to LOAN me money; our SUPPLIERS to sell to us at their “best price,” and our CONTRACTORS to bid their work at their LOWEST margin; and even future employers to HIRE me.  I even did my “greatest sales job” on my BRIDE of 56 years… to marry me.

Be careful… when you’re out “selling yourself,” then know exactly what you’re doing.  When you “open your mouth,” your PRODUCT comes “spilling out.”  The “real you,” is what they see, and what they get.  You have to PERFORM; PRODUCE, and you better be HONEST and ETHICAL.  If you’re “none of these,” then you will be CAUGHT, and you will be BRANDED for life… as a fake… a false PROPHET.  You’ll likely not get a 2nd chance at being the “real you” It’s IMPORTANT as to “who you walk with,” who you “talk with,” and ASSOCIATE with.

You’ve heard the old computer term…. Garbage in…. garbage out. You can only be a FAKE for just so long; and the “real you,” will surface.  The “real you,” had better be wearing the “white-hat.”  You can only sell “a bad product (you),” for just so long, until you’ll be “out of business.”  Sure… there’s exceptions…some guys are “so street smart,” that they only have to change the name of their company, the way they look or dress, and they off and running… trying to “cheat the next” guy; but they’ll eventually have to “pay the piper.”

There is only one way to be “forever successful.” And, that is: “do it the right and proper way,” to begin with. All “false prophets,” are lazy crooks, who are out to “take the other guy” for a RIDE… trying to get into their pocket. The same can be said for REPRESENTING GOD.

A man of satan cannot “talk of God,” and do GOOD at the same time. Meaning… you can’t cuss and carry on, and profess to be a “man of God.” You can’t lie, steal, and cheat people, and claim to be a Christian at the same time. You can’t “just go to church,” and think that you’re a “real Christian.” Anyone can “play the part.” But no one will be fooled, for long, but the “fool himself.”  God will not be MOCKED.

When we “miss-represent” who we are, what we do, and our PRODUCT (ourselves)…then, we are MOCKING GOD.  There is a “place” that people ultimately go, who “play around” with God.  Here’s my ADVICE. “Say what you mean, mean what you say, be who you want to be, live as you should, and REPRESENT God in all you do and say; and that way,  my friend… will find you’re in the “shadow of God.”

DOING the RIGHT thing is not always EASY, but it’s ALWAYS RIGHT. Let’s review Galatians 6:7-10Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.  For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.  And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.  As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all [men], especially unto them who are of the household of faith.

For those who accept Jesus as their Savior; confess their sins, and AMEND their lives…. They will have “life-ever-lasting” with The Lord God… Jesus Christ.   …. Blessings…cjlb… 4/23/15.

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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