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Some things have not changed since the dawn of mankind—chief among them is the fact our own speech and actions act to protect us or destroy us.  Men and women have undermined themselves throughout history.  It is amazing that the strength of a person’s character can be their chief source of wealth.  There are those who live simply, but their integrity and the character of their family are priceless.  While others have wealth beyond measure, yet, like the rich fool in scripture—they keep hoarding and spending until they value nothing.  Ultimately they become a slave to what they possess.

 People of integrity do not lie, cheat or steal and whether rich or poor—they make their lives about others.  They adopt the homeless, they help those less fortunate, they move families or fix cars.  They enjoy what God has blessed them with, they use their hard earned wealth to make a live for themselves and their family—but, at all times, it is clear that they own their stuff—their stuff does not own them.

 Those who lack character value nothing or no one.  Whether rich or poor—there is never enough. They feel like they deserve more and others owe them.  They use any means necessary to further their agenda—yet, no one they know nor nothing they have brings them peace or joy. They ultimately live and die alone in a crowd of millions.  They leave a shambles of a family and a heap of an empire. Like themselves—no one else values their contributions or legacy.

 We have to choose what we want to bring us joy—scripture screams—Wisdom, Integrity and character—not prestige, power or possessions.  Know that history has proven only those who look beyond themselves have a life worth living.

 God Bless You

The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.

Whoever fears the Lord walks uprightly, but those who despise him are devious in their ways.

A fool’s mouth lashes out with pride, but the lips of the wise protect them.

Where there are no oxen, the manger is empty, but from the strength of an ox come abundant harvests.

An honest witness does not deceive, but a false witness pours out lies.

The mocker seeks wisdom and finds none, but knowledge comes easily to the discerning.

Stay away from a fool, for you will not find knowledge on their lips.

The wisdom of the prudent is to give thought to their ways, but the folly of fools is deception.

Fools mock at making amends for sin, but goodwill is found among the upright.

10 Each heart knows its own bitterness, and no one else can share its joy.