We who preach and write, do so in a manner different from which the Scriptures have been written. We write while we make progress. We learn something new every day. We speak as we still knock for understanding...If anyone criticizes me when I have said what is right, he does me an injustice. But I would be more angry with the one who praises me and takes what I have written for Gospel truth than I would be with the one who criticizes me unfairly. -Augustine


Proverbs 18:9 Short Cuts

Have you ever heard the statement “I will do right because it is right to do right?” When I first came to know Jesus as my Lord and Savior I possessed a world view that I titled BTS–BEAT THE SYSTEM. If there was a short cut I would take it! But God would soon teach me that were no short cuts in life. I was first introduced the statement, “I will do right because it’s right to do right” while attending a Bible College for a masters degree. The phrase didn’t mean much to me at the time until a professor called out to me while I was cutting across the grass to get to class. He kindly explained to me that if cut corners on campus, I would cut corners in life—little did he know that that is what had defined my life up to that point. Then he looked at me and said, “Mark, cutting corners might be easier at first, but when a man does right simply because it’s right to do right, he will find great satisfaction in life and God will be well pleased.” That single moment opened to door for my character to change and 33 years later, I know this to be true. In Proverbs 18:9 Solomon writes, “He also that is lazy in his work is brother to him that is a great waster.” In other words, he who takes short cuts in life will find that his life is really cut short.

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