Nugget #6 – Obey The Ninth Commandment

As we get to nugget #6 today, I would like to quote John Mason as he says: “For those of us who are not Bible scholars, theIMG_1523 essence of the Ninth Commandment can be summarized in one statement, “Thou shalt not lie.”

I would like to continue quoting from his book An Enemy Called Average (Updated and Expanded), where he says: “It has been said that it should be easy to make an honest living because there is little competition. Actually only a person with honesty and integrity can be accurately motivated or directed. Lying will always distort God’s guidance in your life. It will cause you to take steps that are not right for you. It will produce greater loss than whatever savings you may gain by telling an untruth.”

It is so sad to see all the lying, cheating and corruption in the world today. I often hear people saying things like “I like doing business with Joe….I can swear at him now and give him a good go, but once it’s over we can walk out the office and have a drink together with no hard feelings.” Or they would make false promises by nothing else than lying, to obtain new business.

By the time they must deliver, it is the one excuse after the other and never ending explanations about suppliers who have let them down. More lies, lies, lies.

And these are people who consider themselves successful business people. They try to justify this behaviour by saying…”its business. That’s how everybody does it.” No it is not!

If you treat me like in the first example I mentioned, by swearing and screaming at me, and thirty minutes later you want to have coffee with me as if we are big buddies, to me that’s falseness! That whole attitude is a lie! If you want to treat me as a friend now, I am your friend in business too. It is all or nothing…..always or never.

It is true, sometimes we have our moments, we lose it and we say things that we later regret. But there are ways of saying things…..and there are ways of saying things.

Firstly when something needs to get said, it should be said in love, not in anger.

Secondly, if you have just “lost it” and threw your toys out the cot, you should repent and ask forgiveness. You don’t justify those actions by some silly “its business” remark and just carry on. Now it becomes an excuse to repeat that kind of behaviour.

To lie or not to lie. It is a matter of integrity. It is either black or it is white. There is no middle ground.

What does the Word of God say?

Proverbs 12:22 says: “Lying lips are abomination to the Lord: but they that deal truly are his delight”.

Proverbs 19:9 says: “A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall perish”.

Colossians 3:9-10 says:Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him”.

There is really not much that I could add to this subject, as it is either the one or the other.

Lastly, I would like to quote the seven results of lying as they are in the book An Enemy Called Average.

They are listed as follow:

“There are seven results of lying. If you lie:

  1. You will attract liars into your life. (Prov. 17:4)
  2. You will have a lack of understanding (Ps. 119:104)
  3. You will never enjoy permanent results (Prov. 12:19; 21:28)
  4. You will end up in bondage. (Gal. 2:4)
  5. You will be punished (Prov. 19:5)
  6. You will become a fool. (Prov. 10:18)
  7. Your lies will come back upon you. (Ps. 10:18)

This has given me lots of food for thought about who I am willing to deal with in business and everyday life. Yes, we are to love one another, and we ought to forgive and forget, but I don’t think we should be naïve. We should take a stand for truth and integrity.

Don’t Ask Time Where It’s Gone: Tell It Where To Go

It is time for nugget #5 in the series of discussions based on the book An Enemy Called Average (Updated and Expanded)freeimages.co.uk photos of objects

When referring to successful people, we often hear statements such as…..”Some people just have all the luck in the world”, or “he was just at the right place at the right time”.

I cannot really agree with this. Yes, sometimes someone might inherit a family fortune. But, if he/she is not going to apply wisdom and spend some energy working, that fortune is not going to last forever! In other cases I can think of several professional athletes who earned fortunes while being active in their careers, yet not long after they retire from their professional careers, they face bankruptcy.

We All Have 24 Hours in a Day

Some people might have more money than others, or enjoy more success in their chosen careers, but it’s got nothing to do with luck.

This is where I would like to quote John Mason from his book An Enemy Called Average, where he says; “All great achievers, all successful people, are those who have been able to gain control over their time. It has been said that all human beings have been created equal in one respect: each person has been given 24 hours each day”.

I would like to touch another angle as well. People often use the parable in Matthew 25 of Jesus talking about the man who entrusted his servants with some talents. The one got five, the second one got two, and the third got one. The first two doubled their talents while the third hid his talent and just returned it to his master when his master returned. His talent got taken away from him and was given to the one with the most talents.

I believe this parable is often taken out of context when people start hiding behind this idea that they “are trying so hard, but seeing that they have so little, even that is taken away from them and given to the rich”…..and this is exactly where I believe it gets taken out of context in verse 29….”29 For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath”.

Firstly, our Master has not returned yet. Secondly, we all still have 24 hours in every day. What are we doing with it?

Some time ago, I heard a preacher giving an explanation of verse 29 that made perfect sense to me. I cannot recall the exact bible texts he was using that day, but to me these following texts are relevant.

People tend to think if they don’t know about something, they wouldn’t be judged. This in my opinion is a lame excuse, because Hosea 4:6 says that “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children”.

It is our duty to find out and learn (no excuses), because James 1:5 says “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him”.

I can clearly remember the point made by this preacher was that due to our lack of knowledge, and unwillingness to gain wisdom, we are lacking (being destroyed), but those who are willing to ask for wisdom from God, will gain in wisdom and become successful (God will give His wisdom liberally – look at that verse again). He is not going to “rain down dollars on us”…..but He will give us the wisdom we need in all areas. So here I see the spiritual principle in action – those who have not (knowledge/wisdom due to unwillingness to learn), even that which he has will be taken away, but to them that have (eager to gain wisdom), even more shall be given.

Proverbs 8:12 says “I wisdom dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge of witty inventions”.

Physically, we still have time. Each of us has 24 hours each day. So I ask again, what do we do with it?

Tell Time Where to Go

I almost want to say this is a coincidence, but then I also want to say; I don’t really believe in coincidence.

I have recently written an article on my personal blog about time management. If you battle to take control over time and you just don’t know what is happening to your time, it might be a good idea to read How to Master Time Management – No Matter How Many Times You Have Failed In The Past.

The greater control you exercise over your time, the greater freedom you will experience in your life – John Maxwell.

Summary

It is time for us to take responsibility. We shouldn’t become a product of our environment. We should create the environment we live in.

Can we change the world? There is well-known saying when it comes to problem solving; “The way to eat an elephant is one bite at a time”. If each of us can take control of our time, and create our own personal environment, maybe it can have an impact on the rest of the world…..one person at a time.

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If for any reason, you have missed nugget #4, you can read it here.