Do you work for, or with, a satan type? You know what I mean…sometimes it seems that “we’re working for the devil himself.” “My co-worker, or by boss….. Wow…they’re really something. I can’t stand the idea of working with such an evil person. Absolutely…no one likes working with him.” I guess I’m pretty fortunate, in that, I’ve not really been to closely associated with people like that…. I mean comparing them with the “ways of satan,” well that seems like a heavy indictment to me. But, that said, I have been associated with some number of people who have really been the devil to work with. Considering that I’m a pretty TRUSTING sort of guy, I typically don’t look for these types of characteristics, or maybe, just pass them off as being a case of insecurity, or miss-direction. But, truthfully, I think that those types of evil people have a much deeper-rooted problem. I knew a fellow some years ago that was, really, one of the smartest computer guys that I ever met, which is exactly why I hired him. I detected a few issues in his “working habits,” that disturbed me, but I thought that if I just “stayed on top of the issue,” that I could control both him, and the issue(s). Boy was I wrong. This guy turned out to be one of the sneakiest, smile to your face, with a knife to your back kind of guys…. And a pro at it, too. I made a big error in not digging “deep-enough” into his background, even when I saw some red flags… that was my error; and I paid “big-time” for letting my heart get in the way of good business. But I learned from it, and have not, and will not, make that mistake again. The bottom line is, this “satan-type,” cost me a $150K “annual” consultancy fee that was nearly 100% profit to the bottom line. He lined up the players very precisely, a well thought out conspiracy involving several Board members, and before I knew it….he was in, and I was out. It wasn’t much of a struggle, as I clearly “did not see it coming.” The good thing was, (thank you God), is that I was able to focus, more precisely, on other opportunities that paid even more handsomely, and considerably more sustaining, even to this day. So, from a monetary standpoint…. I came out better. But from a PRIDE standpoint; I hated the idea of being beat by someone with such satanic intent. But, like all such people, he got his awakening not far down the line. My point with this “satan-like-scenario,” is this: When you think all has “fallen-apart,” that the world is “against you,” and it even gets a bit too close to home… it could, and in my case; it came as a blessing. This event proved to me, AGAIN, that God is in the details. God is in charge. It proved again, that “Charles IS-NOT in charge.” I moved over and let God be God. Frankly, and honestly, I had gotten a bit “too-big” for my britches. I had gotten to the point where I was a bit too “confident,” and it took a set-back, for me to “spring-forward,” even stronger… but, this time, stronger in the SPIRITUAL sense. God got my attention. I am reminded of Psalm 51:10-13 – Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me away from Your presence, And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, And sustain me with a willing spirit. Then I will teach transgressors Your ways, And sinners will be converted to You. …Blessings… cjlb…10/4/14.