“…Darn it…..I thought….. she was beating me at my own game…”

angry teacher : Intimidating funny senior nun pointing her finger An elderly nun once asked me just a few days into the new school year…. “Mr. Brooks, why do you always sit in the back of class?”  Not wanting to tell her that I was hiding in the rear of the class, as I was afraid of her always asking me questions…so I answered;  “Well Sister, it says somewhere in the bible that it is more fitting to sit to the rear.”  Thinking that I had satisfied her….she responded; “Well then Mr. Brooks, it also says that those in the rear are to come up front, so please find a seat in the front of the class, as I’d like to keep an eye on you.”  Darn it, I thought, she was beating me at my own game.  So it is in real life situations….have you ever gone to a funeral and they have a number of pews left vacant up in the very front of the church, as the number of family requirements were over-estimated…. And then, one of the usher’s would wave for people standing in the rear to come sit up in the front.  Years ago, we younger folks would stand along the back wall, purposely, as we were confident that we would be called up front for a first row seat.  Sometimes…it worked.  Over the years, though, I have customarily sat in the rear, as a matter of habit and choice.  Think about it this way… if you’re attending a large corporate  meeting, and some important issue comes up that requires your response… when you speak from the rear of the room, then “everyone will turn to see who it is that’s talking,” and you will be singled out in front of everyone.  I say this because… if you’re trying to “be noticed” by your peers, co-workers, and senior management….than this is a plausible way of being noticed.  But, be careful… when speaking out…be correct, be accurate, be honest, speak loudly, speak with authority, speak with confidence, and know what you’re talking about….as otherwise, you will be bringing attention to one who is ill-prepared…and everyone will always remember you as the guy who “screwed up.”  Luke 14:8 says – “When someone invites you to a wedding feast, do not take the place of honor, for a person more distinguished than you may have been invited. If so, the host who invited both of you will come and say to you, ‘Give this person your seat.’ Then, humiliated, you will have to take the least important place.  But when you are invited, take the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he will say to you, ‘Friend, move up to a better place.’ Then you will be honored in the presence of all the other guests. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”  ….Blessings…cjlb…9/2/14

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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