Wisdom’s Corner No. 7: Caution in Taking Advice

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Anyone can give advice, but some people do so only in their own interest.  Be careful when somebody offers you advice.  Find out first what his interest in the matter is, because you can be sure that he is thinking primarily of himself.  Why should he come out on top instead of you?  He will assure you that things look good, and then stand back to watch what happens to you.

Don’t ask advice of anyone who doesn’t trust you, and don’t give advice to anyone who is jealous of you.

Don’t ask a woman for advice about a rival of hers.

a coward about war,

a merchant about a bargain,

a buyer about selling,

a stingy person about gratitude,

a cruel person about kindness,

a lazy person about work,

a casual worker about finishing a job,

a lazy slave about a difficult task.

Pay no attention to any advice they may give.

Instead, rely on someone who is religious and is known to keep the Lord’s commands, someone who is sympathetic with you, who will be sorry to see you fail.  And trust your own judgment; no one’s advice is more reliable.  Sometimes your own intuition can tell you more than seven watchmen on a high tower.  Above all, pray to the Most High that he will show you the right thing to do.

Sirach 37

Stay Blessed!

 

 

The Crabbian’s Battle for the Light

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Many people would not find a visit to the local fish market very exciting.  But I find the fish market a most mentally simulating place. When I visit the local fish market, I like to explore the various sea creatures for sale.  It is quite an amazing experience to study the variety of species that are captured and sold to satisfy the human appetite.  In all truth, I am not an expert on seafood. Nonetheless, while surveying the sea creatures,  I began to wonder how these species are carefully prepared for human consumption.  I always take my time to examine every seafood display.  The one specie’s that fascinates me the most, is the Crab.  I know very little about Crabs.  I suppose if I truly wanted to learn about crab behavior, I could spend some time in the library or search the internet.  The truth is, I just like to observe them and sort of draw my own conclusions about their empire and their battle for the light. In many ways, the Crabbian’s behavior resembles the human empire and battle for the light.  The crabs in the barrel smother each other, they claw and step on each other for survival, and some crabs kill other crabs in their battle the light.  These are some my observations of the “Crabbians”.

As I stood watching the loaded crates in the fish market.  I observed the Crabbians scrambling about, and I did not witness one Crabbian trying to get to the bottom of the crate. Each Crabbian was trying to makes its way to the top to get to the light. They were crowded on top of one another, smothering and suffocating each other. Every Crabbian was using all its claws to get away from the bunch to breathe to be in the light.  Believing there is freshness and life on the top, while clawing and pawing for the light to shine on them.  I wondered if they even cared about their fellow Crabbian. I think all they may have in their mind, is too get away from the smothering crowd.  To secure a place in the sun, away from the ghetto of the crate. Maybe they think if they reach the top they will survive. How foolish is that?  We all know that the first live Crabbian on the top of the crate is the first to be sold and boiled alive.

Moreover, I have watched Crabbians use their large strong claws to grab the shell coat of other Crabbians, to give themselves leverage to pull their body up from their lower place in the crate.  They fixed their claws on their fellow Crabbian’s shell, and pull and kick the other Crabbians beneath them, in order to move closer to the light.  This is a very difficult task to climb to the top of the great population of Crabbians in a crate, but they never stop until they reach the top of the Crabbian chain or die trying.  After their fierce battle to survive, they themselves are on the top of the Crabbian chain, where they will be escorted to a fine kitchen or some seaside shack, where they are plated for dinner.

Sadly, many Crabbians attack and kill their fellow Crabbian to eliminate the competition in their battle to the light. They use many tactics to ambush their competitors.  I have witness two against one in their battle to be in the light. Crabbians were crawling on top of each other and scratching and plunging with their claws to disqualify their  opponent.  I have witnessed Crabbians lying on their backs hoping that one of the other Crabbians might use their claws to turn them over so that they can continue the battle, but this seldom happens.  They all trampled over the wounded Crabbian until he is dead.  I have never witnessed a Crabbian funeral in my observations.  They just keep marching onward to get to the light.  Not one of the Crabbians look back.  They all want to reach the light to be served on newspaper or a grand dish stuffed with their fellow Crabbian, accompanied with a glass of fine wine or a cold beer.

There is not a great difference between human behavior and crab behavior in my observations. I watch society smother people with rules and regulations that are suitable for them and their way of life.  Please do not misunderstand me.  I am one for regulations to protect all of our human rights. However, we have some new regulations in the nation’s book and they are smothering many who are opposed to this new brand truth.  They are always trying to assure the nation that there is a freshness in the new regulations. Many clawed their way to the top for the light to shine on them. As we sit and watch the implementation of these new regulations, we know that in the end, their light will not benefit anyone.

I was once in swimming in great body of water, and a great wave came crashing on my head.  There were a few others swimming along side me.  When I managed to get my head above water, I stretched out my arms to reach for someone or something to keep from drowning.  There was a person near to me, I grabbed his arm to save myself.  I was about to die and I was afraid! Like my desperation to save myself, businesses, organizations and people who are drowning in the economy’s sinking ships, are grabbing the poor, and what’s left of the middle class to save themselves.  Many have stolen and lied to get out of their sinking ships.  They have maneuvered rules and guidelines to save themselves.  They are battling to get to the light and in that light they will find another leak in their ship!

This last behavioral similarity between the Crabbians and humans, is that they will kill in their battle to get to the light. There are fierce competitions everywhere we turn, but who is dying in the race for supremacy?  The consumer is being bounced around, while big business is battling to get into the light.  Too many shortcuts are being taken to give a better bargain than the next guy.  Shortcuts means something essential is being eliminated from the whole product, which will cause hurt, death or sickness to the consumer or citizen. There are so many areas that I could name, but I will leave that up to the reader.  I do not have to point the way for you, you already know it. Our quality of life is being degraded, while like the Crabbians, the big guys are trying to battle their way to the light of fame and fortune, which is all an illusion of the truth light.

Well, I don’t know about you, but I am going to study the Crabbians defeat, and what happened to each one of them when they reached the top.  It was not at all what they thought it would be.  They smothered one another, they fought and destroyed each other.  Each Crabbian was only concerned about his own survival.  The Crabbian, who was in fear of losing his battle for the light, he killed his fellow Crabbian.  All that the Crabbian had to look forward to when he reached the top was disappointment.  There was no relief after his hard-fought battle.  He deceived himself into believing that his happiness was greater than the lives of his kinsman.   What do you think?

There is only one light that leads to life and that light is in Jesus Christ.  All the worldly lights are not going to bring peace nor happiness.  Jesus is the way the truth and light.  Follow him and his righteousness and get out of the crab crates of life and be free to breathe, to live free in your heart and to survive the final judgment. Battle to get in the light of Jesus where there is everlasting life. Stay Blessed!

Jessica L. Matthews

Wisdom’s Corner No. 6: “The richer you are the more mouths you have to feed.”

This is a message to all of the millions of people who hoped to become rich by acquiring great wealth.  Those who believe that money is the answer to their problems.  If you believe that great wealth can give you eternal life. Just look around at the many monuments named after famous rich people.  I promise you, that there is a tombstone somewhere, resting on top of dirt over their deceased body.  I don’t believe they wanted to die.  In fact, I am sure they spent a fortune trying to fight sicknesses to live forever, so that they could enjoy their accumulated wealth. But death does not accept monetary payment.  It only accepts souls as payment.

Moreover, money will not buy you true love, maybe lust, but not true love.  When one has a great deal of wealth they have many friends, true or false ones.  This is true, look at a poor person and see how many friends they have.  They are blessed to have one friend! But the wealthy have many friends who hang around them for a crumb from their table.  I know that’s disgusting, but it’s the truth. It is written, “There are two people who will never know the truth, one is a rich person and the second it a beautiful woman.” With great wealth you will never be sure of true love.

On the contrary, the majority of the time, great wealth will bring great suffering, jealousy and unhappiness. I heard a report, that after a family had just won millions in a lottery, that they were going back to work! Do they really think that they will be treated the same by their employer, whose net worth is probably less than theirs? Do they really think that their co-workers are not going to be envious of them and hate them because they don’t have to work and they do? I have witnessed jealousy over someone having a new pair shoes.  What more will the envy be because of tremendous wealth?

The mouths you will have to feed:

  1. IRS
  2. Huge property taxes for your new mansion
  3. Accountants
  4. Lawyers
  5. Insurance companies for your life, homes and cars
  6. Security
  7. Bankers
  8. Charities
  9. Home Maintenance workers for your new mansion
  10. Private schools and colleges
  11. Hair stylists
  12. Pool Cleaner
  13. Water Bill
  14. Landscapes/Gardeners
  15. Friends
  16. Family
  17. Pets
  18. Plumbers
  19. Personal Secretary
  20. Personal Assistant
  21. Cook
  22. Housekeepers
  23. Nannies
  24. Locksmiths
  25. Clothes Designer
  26. Private Nurse
  27. Private Doctor
  28. Food Taster
  29. Private Driver
  30. Personal Clergy
  31. Entertainment
  32. Caterers

The list can go on and on depending on how big the appetite of the wealthy is.  It’s not easy being rich.  It requires a great deal of work.  Being rich is like running a large corporation.  Wealth keeps you on your toes and it demands your undivided attention.  One does not get to relax when great wealth is at stake.  Yes, they may travel on their private jet to exotic places and dine at the finest eateries, but don’t think for one moment that they are not thinking about their money.

“If you love money, you will never be satisfied; if you long to be rich, you will never get all you want. It is useless.  The richer you are, the more mouths you have to feed.  All you gain is the knowledge that your are rich.  Workers may or may not have enough to eat, but at least they can get a good night’s sleep.  The rich, however, have so much that they stay awake worrying.

Here is a terrible thing that I have seen in the world: people save up their money for a time when they may need it, and then lose it all in some bad deal and end up with nothing left to pass on to their children.  We leave this world just as we entered it- with nothing.  In spite of all our work there is nothing we can take with us.  It isn’t right! We go just as we came.  We labor, trying to catch the wind, and what do we get?  We get to live our lives in darkness and grief, worried, and angry and sick.

Here is what I have found out: the best thing we can do is eat and drink and enjoy what we have worked for during the short life that God has given us; this is our fate.  If God give us wealth and property and lets us enjoy them, we should be grateful and enjoy what we have worked for.  It is a gift from God.  Since God has allowed us to be happy, we will not worry too much about how short life is.”

Ecclesiastes 5

Great wealth is a deception if one believes riches will bring them happiness and everyone will love them.  There are many mouths to feed when one acquire great wealth.

Stay blessed!