by Blake Cromwell
Two prosperous middle-aged business partners, along with thousands of others like them, attend a big National Sales convention in Chicago.
It’s five hectic days of meetings, reports, seminars and panel discussions and by the end of the second day both of them are dazed, weary and eager for diversion. One suggests they go out on the town, have dinner, a few drinks and a little fun.
“We could catch a show,” he says. “Maybe one of the topless joints.” Then with a wink, he adds: “Maybe hit one of those pickup places you know. Check out the broads.”
His partner looked puzzled, “You’d try to pickup women?”
“Yeah something like that,”
“No thanks. And by the way, I’m starting action tomorrow to dissolve our partnership.”
The other’s jaw drops. “Huh? Are you out of your mind?”
“No” replies his partner, “I’m telling you I don’t want to be in business with you anymore.”
“I don’t get it. What are you talking about? Why?”
“Because it just occurred to me that a man who would cheat on his wife would cheat on his partner.”
There is a mentality that says loyalty to marriage vows and faithfulness to a business partner are not the same. But I think most of us would disagree. Faithfulness, or lack thereof, to one’s spouse reflects a person’s character just as much as faithfulness to one’s business partner. A person’s character effects everything they do and say.
How’s your character? Is it consistent in all areas of your life or do you make exceptions in “special cases”?
In my opinion the church is the best place to build character. It’s a place where we receive encouragement, instruction and help. Church is actually a lot like a football huddle in that sense. In football, the huddle is just one part of the game, but it is an essential part. Games are won and lost in that circle. Many have gone into the huddle tried and ready to throw in the towel. But within that circle words are spoken that inspire weary men to go out again and give it all they’ve got.
After the huddle it’s application time. The huddle just encourages the player to do what they know is right, after that, they’re on their own.
So it is within the huddle of the church. We receive encouragement, instruction and help; then we go back to our family and our jobs and apply what we know is right.
Too many in our community don’t do to well in the areas of honesty, faithfulness and even justice. They loose their values and principles under the pressures of temptation.
What our world needs is a holy huddle. This weekend at one of the churches in the Kings County there are pastors waiting with words of instruction and encouragement especially for you. So get out there and do what’s right!