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There is a common theme—Top notched people have certain like characteristics.  They speak the truth, they work hard and they look out for others and their interests—not just their own.  One of the greatest attributes of our creator and Lord is his use of paradox.  All through the Bible we learn that walking with him is a series of counter intuitive steps of faith that produce a rich, full and meaningful life—one that leaves a legacy beyond themselves and for generations after.

Knowing that, we have to fight the urge to be like everyone else.  We have to stand strong and live a life that is selfless and substantial.  As we do, we will reap the blessing of the Lord and we will change lives daily.  Never give up, never give in—stand firm in the Lord and allow him to shape your life for his glory.

God Bless You

To show partiality in judging is not good: 24 Whoever says to the guilty, “You are innocent,”     will be cursed by peoples and denounced by nations. 25 But it will go well with those who convict the guilty,     and rich blessing will come on them.

26 An honest answer     is like a kiss on the lips.

27 Put your outdoor work in order     and get your fields ready;     after that, build your house.

28 Do not testify against your neighbor without cause—     would you use your lips to mislead? 29 Do not say, “I’ll do to them as they have done to me;     I’ll pay them back for what they did.”

30 I went past the field of a sluggard,     past the vineyard of someone who has no sense; 31 thorns had come up everywhere,     the ground was covered with weeds,     and the stone wall was in ruins. 32 I applied my heart to what I observed     and learned a lesson from what I saw: 33 A little sleep, a little slumber,     a little folding of the hands to rest— 34 and poverty will come on you like a thief     and scarcity like an armed man.