I did not write the rules or create this world, but the The LORD God Almighty Creator did. There are rules and consequences that will follow, regardless of who you are, where you were born from the moment you break these written rules. Unseen consequences are like walking in the dark: you fall or skin your knees, fall off cliffs or down wells. The world has built-in consequences for us all.
I knew a girlfriend who used to steal a dollar or two from her Mother’s purse when she was a teenager. She lied about it and blamed her sister. She was known to take money from her sister’s piggy bank. Once it started, it didn’t stop. It was like an addiction. It caused people not to trust others in the house. It caused fights and lying. It caused strife and pain for the innocent ones. They were always in a turmoil and argument. The girlfriend began stealing from her friends and blaming her other friends. She was smooth with her words, but it destroyed those close to her. Sooner than you think, people figure out who is stealing and making excuses. Then, out the door, out of marriage, out of the house, out of friends, she was just out. She fell in with the drinking crowd and they were used to her-well- down, down she went. Stealing robbed years of good relationships, trust and connected friends from her. She could not understand that stealing was the cause of it. I have known her from afar all my life. In her 40′s, she decided to stop drinking and get her life straight. She went to Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). She started looking pretty good.
I heard a middle aged man telling his story on television about his youth and being a professional thief. He said it started out profitable and seemed the way to get ahead, but the people who stole were dishonest, so he could not trust them. As much as he tried to get ahead, he always lost. He came to the end of stealing and being a thief when he bought groceries with some of his money. When he went to the cupboard, all that was left was a can of beans. He gave up that life and decided it was very unprofitable. Thieves have no honor among friends.
Have you heard of the “Flying Scroll?” The story can be found in the Bible(KJV) in Zechariah 5:1-4:
“1 Then I turned, and lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and behold a flying roll. 2 And he said unto me, What seest thou? And I answered, I see a flying roll; the length thereof is twenty cubits, and the breadth thereof ten cubits. 3 Then said he unto me, This is the curse that goeth forth over the face of the whole earth: for every one that stealeth shall be cut off as on this side according to it; and every one that sweareth shall be cut off as on that side according to it. 4 I will bring it forth, saith the LORD of hosts, and it shall enter into the house of the thief, and into the house of him that sweareth falsely by my name: and it shall remain in the midst of his house, and shall consume it with the timber thereof and the stones thereof.”
Could you live around liars, thieves, grocery takers, strife, anger, termoil, poverty, heart ache and a feeling of never getting ahead, because you’re always hiding and cannot be yourself? What a mean way of living!
Being honest and paying for what you use and eat and where you live, then you can be happy, work for dignity, be a good neighbor and have a place where you can connect, have friends and share from the abundance with others.
Poverty is caused by lying stealing murder, strife, being dishonorable, turmoil, lack of food, rent and household items. Poverty is a state of mind, not how much money you have in your pocketbook. Riches are not measured only by your bank account, but by the influence in your community, favor, friendships, a place in society, skills and abilities, a good education, and out of these abundances comes a good living. Give and it shall be given unto you pressed down and overflowing. I like walking in the abundance of life. You can too.
“Behold I set before you this day a blessing and a curse; A blessing, if ye obey the commandments of the LORD, your God, which I command you this day: And a curse, if ye will not obey the commandments of the LORD your God, but turn aside out of the way, which I command you this day, to go after other gods, which he have not known.” Deuteronomy 11:26-27
It is a simple decision: choose life or death. You can choose life!
If someone has not told you this recently or ever in your life, “I believe in you. I know you have good in you. I know you can do it. I give you permission to stretch yourself, pass your fears, and climb your visions and dreams, while having many friendships along the way. So, get busy living, choose life, instead of dying!”
May 25, 2010