Things Are Not What They Appear

There are a lot of practicing criminals today.  I became aware of this during my years working for the Internal Revenue Service in enforcement and worked with so many individuals that had been scammed by various so-called professionals.  From the employees some had hired and trusted including their tax preparers, to the so-called tax attorneys that claimed they would resolve their IRS problems after they receive a very large fee, only to find out that their representative never called or resolved anything on their behalf.  This is why so many Tax Resolution commercials state a specific dollar amount of over $10,000 in arrears.  This way their fee, usually $2,000 or more, will not appear so steep as it would if you only owed a few thousand dollars.  There are many sports figures, politicians, CEO’s, perhaps your spouse and the list goes on and on, that have no reservations about committing crimes or doing things that are stupid, cruel or downright unethical, as long as they think they won’t get caught.

I have to say that I am deeply angry and disgusted with the ethics of most people.  Our society is reflecting a complete lack of a belief in God and the possibility of being damned to hell as most of us were taught years ago.  I think being raised in the Word was a good thing in many ways.  There are statistics showing that real Christians, not hypocrites that just go to church to put on a show and try to fool their neighbors and God, have very good ethics, are generous, honest and truly love one another.  Without this deep belief in Christ who died for our sins and the appreciation that goes with this knowledge, we are doomed as a people.  This is why it is written that Jesus was the Saviour of the world.  If everyone really loved Him and were grateful for His sacrifice, they could not do the things that they do to one another.  Jesus said if you love Him you will keep his commandment of loving one another and this includes your enemies.  If loving others came naturally or was easy, it would not have to be a commandment.  Jesus said “Whatever you do to the least of my brothers, you do to me.”  How many of the ignorant have hurt and even killed a homeless person?  How many TV producers make cruel jokes of those less fortunate everyday, and bring on the canned laughter?!  How many big businesses would not work their employees literally to death if they could get away with it?

I am amazed at the very simple and self-evident truth about how you treat others.  However you treat another, is what you think of yourself.  I don’t mean the phony kissing up to the boss and saying all the right things.  Everyone knows people like this.  They act one way in front of the door and behind that closed-door, when they think God ain’t watchin’, they act completely different.  Worry if you secretly hate others and try to get something for nothing, taking advantage of your brother, no matter what their station in life.  This is what you think of yourself.  This is how much you actually dislike, disrespect or maybe even hate your very existence.

People that are full of true love, really are different from those that don’t know how to love.  They have a true sense of purpose in everything that they do, no matter how menial it may seem to some.  They have an honesty and consideration that goes above just doing what they have to for the needed result.  They enjoy everything they do no matter how small.  These are people who don’t want the world and don’t make waves.  They are content to be.  These are the people who you see only occasionally that usually have a smile and look you in the eye with concern when you happen into their life.  They are not to be confused with the phonies, the insincere with the plastic smile on their lips, but not in their eyes.  This is the very reason that most relationships don’t work.  There are too many unrealistic expectations from others, yet they know they are unable or unwilling to come across with the same desired quality they are wanting from another.  This leads to a malcontent with anger issues.  The fact of anyone expecting or insisting on something from others is not reasonable and it is unkind.  In all probability the need is being met, but the selfish human mind doesn’t get it, doesn’t see it that way.

The grateful heart is one that does not expect things and does not get angry and irritated and try to get back at others by scamming and pulling stunts on others to feel superior and pretend to be the winner for a few minutes.   I think if more people loved the Lord and had a grateful heart, they would be loving themselves and seeing what they can do help others, not have urges to betray, take things that aren’t theirs and be less than they should be while they are here.

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