“…Remember: satan and his gang… they all buy their clothes at the same store that we do….”

20131123_214932Don’t judge a book by its cover. You don’t know who is sitting next to you, most of the time; or likely, you don’t even know your neighbor….very well. Often, we associate “greatness” with wealth and social stature. They are, and should be, totally unrelated. I’ve had the pleasure of knowing some fairly rich people in my lifetime. And, by rich, I mean to say someone with $100 million, and up. Both men and women. Some came by it via inheritance, others by hard work and fair-play. For the most part, the very rich, dress and look pretty much like the “common man.” They don’t wear their wealth, and don’t look, or play the part… but very much are super-rich. I used to be associated with one, in particular, and he dressed in kakis, loafers, oxford shirt (with missing buttons) and drove a Honda; but probably one of the richest men in my area. And, another who could buy and sell the first one, and still have many millions left over, and he dressed right out of Brooks Brother’s window; and carried most of the strappings of wealth. I know another, somewhat rich, guy from NYC, who drives around in the limo’s, has the morals of an alley-cat, and treats everyone like dirt. Look at Steve Jobs…and Mark Zuckerberg…tee shirts and jeans. Then you have (the kind I like) those who dress like a banker and think like a mechanic. An old friend of mine inherited his father’s business, and built it to be one of the biggest and the best. Another one inherited his father’s business and drove it into the ground. I know another “billionaire,” who 10 years ago was sleeping in their beat-up old car. I know another super-rich, who killed everyone in his family, and today, dresses like a bank president. There was a local, and well respected, medical doctor, who was a “cat-burglar” at night; who gained massive wealth, and lived next door to a friend of mine.  The point here is you never know whose sitting next to you. Remember: satan and his gang…well, they all buy their clothes at the same store that you and I do. They might even go to the same church. All of “those things,” are just adornments. If you’re into judging…then consider the following: How does he treat his wife, children, Mother, and senior citizens? Does he stay at home in the evenings (or out on the town)? Does he talk about God, Jesus, and the Bible? Does his life reflect the Golden Rule? Does his vocabulary consist of “gutter-talk?” Do you ever see him pray, or talk about praying? Does he look you straight in the eyes when conversing? Is he prompt for appointments? Does he meet alone with women? If he does not pass these criteria; then, I pass, and it makes no difference if (in the end) he’s as clean as a new diaper.  My motto: Don’t flirt with the APPLE. Matthew 7:15-16 says: “Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves.“You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they?” …Blessings… cjlb…7/15/14.

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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