Would you choose $2,000 now or $200 million later?

In 2005, David Choe was a young artist trying to build his fledgling business in the San Francisco, California area. The son of Korean immigrants, he grew up in Los Angeles living on welfare after his parents’ business burned the ground during the 1992 L.A. riots (I was there for the riots as well—but that’s a story for another day).

In the days of the dotcom bubble, Choe moved to San Francisco and began shopping his talents as an avant-garde graffiti artist. Fledgling start-ups hired him to paint their walls and hallways according to his unique perspective.

One fledgling business hired him and gave him an offer: paint a series of murals and receive $2,000 in payment or 3.77 million shares in stock options. Wisely, he chose the stock options.

That fledgling business was FaceBook. When the company begins selling shares on the stock market in a few short months, the $53 a share asking price will net him a cool $196 million.

$196 million!

To put this into perspective, the country of Qatar just purchased the most expensive painting ever—Cezanne’s Card Players—for $250 million. The previous record was a Jackson Pollack painting that sold for $140 million. A relatively little-known artist now boasts second place for most expensive artwork in world history!

We all face choices of $2,000 or $200 million

My colleague and friend Eugene Scott has declared this the year of living spiritually. In the spirit of this theme, I’d like to examine David Choe’s choice.

All too often, I mortgage the future for the present. Like Esau, I’m tempted to sell my birthright for a pot of lentil stew (see Genesis 25:27-34). I opt for the quick $2,000 rather than wait for the $200 million.

Please understand, my intent is not to deify David Choe. Google the artist’s name and you’ll discover that he’s far from perfect. But it takes a measure of character to resist the easy money in exchange for a bigger payout in the future.

The little “character” choices we make today will make a difference in our future. The payout may not make us millionaires, but they will make us rich in other ways.

White lies, addictive behaviors, and “little” indiscretions offer the easy money. But over a lifetime, character always pays.

Always.

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9

Michael co-pastors The Neighborhood Church in Littleton, Colorado with Eugene Scott. He can’t even draw stick figures.

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  1. Georgie-ann

    Just lost my comment — (but this time I actually know what I did wrong, hallelujah!) — emphasizing the potential unforeseen consequences of involving oneself with “easy money” (especially “tainted” easy money) and those of poorer human character and conduct than we’re accustomed to, the dangers of which are very often not fully apparent to the “innocent and unsuspecting,” until entrapment and compromise and damage have taken hold.

    “Hanging on for dear life” and praying for God’s mercy and deliverance from nasty circumstances, incurred unsuspectingly, is a very bitter pill to have to swallow — a seemingly “slight” incidence, a small “tryst” with the happenstance of excitement and the “unknown,” can sometimes lead to serious tragedies and/or painful lifelong circumstances to be endured.

    God is good and God is faithful, and it IS possible to make “a way of escape” (1 Corinthians 10:13) (maybe), but bonds with the “unholy” can be hard to break or undo, and can also be the source of much unseen torture and agony. Innocence lost is hard to repair, and remorse and internal pains, losses and sufferings are also hard to bear.

    Mark 8:36 “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?”

    Love constrains us to warn the innocent, for truly it’s “no holds barred” when it comes to “the enemy of our souls.” By hook or by crook he is on the prowl:

    1 Peter 5:8 “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:”

    The Old Testament book Proverbs also warns us continually about pitfalls that beset our humanness. And one of the many promises in our favor in the New Testament:

    1 Corinthians 10:13 “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.”

    Well, I had no intentions of being depressing, and the first thing I was writing was a little better, I think,…so, to change the subject,…I hear you’re all having snow out there!

    (-:

  2. Yes, Georgi-ann. Right now we have around a foot of snow. Schools are closed. We should get another 4-6 inches before it ends.

    Thanks for your insightful comments!

  3. Georgie-ann

    Titus 1:15 “To the pure all things are pure, but to those who are defiled and unbelieving nothing is pure; but even their mind and conscience are defiled.”

    I’ve been thinking a little further on the topic of understanding more about innocence and why protecting/honoring it is so important, so crucial, to our developing lives and the decisions we will ultimately make. As I’ve said recently, our early (young) lives “show & tell” us many things via the realm of the senses — (sight, sound, touch, etc.,…) — and we process the input (our impressions, experiences, and conclusions) via our youthful ability/inability to “understand” and to imitate, which is obviously somewhat simplified and limited.

    There is something akin to the perfection and vulnerability of a snowflake, or a spring flower, or delicate lace, or a young sapling, or a puppy, or a kitten, that makes us go, “Awwww!” and feel appreciative and protective, even delighted, when we behold the genuine sweetness and unspoiled innocence of a small baby or child,…IF we’re normal ourselves. And it is completely normal to desire to shelter, nurture and protect this young being in their surroundings. Soon enough, all things being equal, young children grow and will encounter their own problematic “selves” and “human natures” and thoughts and questions about how life works, etc., and this is also normal of course, and problematic enough on its own!

    However, these days, children have also often been overwhelmed early on with tons of artificial stimuli and diversionary programming, inappropriately suggestive of all kinds of developmentally untimely behaviors. (I suspect some rather perverted adult script writers of being amused by intentionally implanting a ridiculously “know-it-all” precocious and seductive style and focus in their youthful actors.) These false and contrived examples not only rob children of their own “normal” age appropriate attitudes, input, interests and experiences, (by displacing and usurping the time and opportunities for such), but are also highly suggestive of thought and emotional patterns, activities, preoccupations and behaviors, that set the stage for a competitive style of self-centered self-absorption, narcissism, comparison, and the pervasive tendency to imitate all the glitz that they see. Imitating something that has no real root (yet) in themselves, becomes both an empty and futile exercise and temptation in adopting a false meaning for their lives at that point. “Copy cat” is OK played for a short time, if we have something solid within to return to, by which we truly know and can accept ourselves, simply and happily, as we are. Many children today are consistently robbed of this inner identity and security.

    Not only do they become compulsive little “actors” (imitators) early on, but the real real-life dramas that God has designed to unfold for them at the right times in life, have been so theatrically overplayed and exploited already, that our youth are already prematurely inoculated, bored and jaded, with these “adult” themes. Their ideas have been (not so subtly) skewed and twisted, while they were simply being treated as passive, consuming pawns. Boredom, drugs, sex, cynicism, and many experimentation tragedies are waiting in the wings to begin for the presumptuous and over-eager.

    Somewhere in this now very commonplace cultural process, the external indoctrination-by-overstimulation, overtook and invaded the simplicity, purity and true open-heartedness and secure inner guidance and respect of “innocence.” If not truly worldly-wise, a precocious but unwise presumption of knowledge and understanding readies itself to “take on the world on its own terms.” But youth, at this stage, can never imagine how absolutely devastating and damaging the wantonness and appetites of “the depraved,” “the defiled” and “the world” are — (or even “who” they are,…”all that glitters is not gold!”) — and how painful are the costs and losses of one’s simple honesty and integrity. “Glamor” is an illusion of the films, created for the films, and has no lasting substantial reality of its own. Naive youth and the ingenue look like “a really good meal” to the soulless, just waiting (lusting) to pounce and devour, and then throw away. In connecting with the “innocent” young victim, the “defiled” predators transfer (inject spiritually) their poisonous venom into the unsuspecting. Once actually defiled by some acquiescing contact/submission to a demonic will in this way, (just once!), there are no quick “take-backs,” no easy ways to erase dark memories and growing sadness and regrets, OR to regain the simple soul-blessedness (inner happiness) of one’s youth, so taken for granted, so lightly treated, so easily thrown away. “We thought it would last forever,”…but soul happiness, if mistreated, is not a guarantee, and doesn’t last forever. It’s possible to actually even see it leave, and that is just pure scary.

    So, “innocence” is both a blessing and a protection for our soul. It is connected with feeling and “having a conscience,” “caring well for others and ourselves,” (after all, we are “made in God’s image!), experiencing true awe and joy, happiness, wonder, openness, honesty, sharing, value and respect, growing knowledge, wisdom and true understanding (as opposed to the vagaries and undisciplined invasiveness and risks of uncurtailed, and even rude, “curiosity”). Innocence appears to be much more than a simplistic lack of worldly contact and experience. It is a true and very personal “Gift of God” to each and every soul: A spiritual substance, a protective coating, a sensitive and delicate film through which we are nourished perceptively and respond more closely in line with God’s will and design for us:

    Mark 10:14 “But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, ‘Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.'”

    Matthew 18:2-7
    2 “Then Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them, 3 and said, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5 Whoever receives one little child like this in My name receives Me. 6 Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depth of the sea. 7 Woe to the world because of offenses! For offenses must come, but woe to that man by whom the offense comes!'”

    In our crudeness and crassness, we — (busy people of this world that we are) — often miss the greatest wonders and gifts to us from God. We ignore them, abuse them, distort them, disbelieve them, and trample them underfoot. If we only knew what we were doing, I think we would change.

    Revelation 11:2 “But leave out of your measuring the court outside the sanctuary of God; omit that, for it is given over to the Gentiles (the nations), and they will trample the holy city underfoot for 42 months (three and one-half years).”

    Luke 23:34 “Then said Jesus, ‘Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.’ And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.”

    2 Chronicles 7:14 “If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

    Psalm 26:2-7
    2 “Examine me, O Lord, and prove me;
    Try my mind and my heart.
    3 For Your lovingkindness is before my eyes,
    And I have walked in Your truth.
    4 I have not sat with idolatrous mortals,
    Nor will I go in with hypocrites.
    5 I have hated the assembly of evildoers,
    And will not sit with the wicked.

    6 I will wash my hands in innocence;
    So I will go about Your altar, O Lord,
    7 That I may proclaim with the voice of thanksgiving,
    And tell of all Your wondrous works.”

  4. Georgie-ann

    Of course “innocence” will be challenged and assaulted in this life. The Word of God is full of admonitions to protect it, and to protect our relationship with God, ourselves and each other thereby. The ability to sincerely trust, love and believe (have faith), and have simple, pure happiness in living life, is bound up with the honoring and preservation of “innocence,” personally and as a culture.

    The erosion of our “innocence” as a nation should be pretty obvious. The mockery and assaults on our Christian heritage, its standards and ideals of purity and nobility of character, willingness to sacrifice, generosity and self-giving, respect for God and man and good sense, even self-denial,…what can I say? Good people still value and strive to live in these ways, but are they honored and supported, or ridiculed, even besmirched?

    The war of “reason” against our Faith, as an adjunct mission attached to the application of so-called “scientific principles” inappropriately across the board, has introduced heavy spiritual “darkness” into many fields that deeply affect the quality of our “modern” lives: medicine, education, “life” issues, morality, and on and on,…and in the name of this unreasonable “reasonable” logic and false justification process, (such as “free speech” etc.), many ugly things are “given a pass” to challenge and infect our lives and the Christian (spiritual) “Light of Truth,” which has attempted to guide us, in the past and even now.

    Once the basis of Faith has been successfully undermined, the plague of moral breakdown and degradation waits like gross sewage to break through the holes in the dike that formerly preserved the better standards of our lives. Unfortunately, there are many “human casualties” in this downward process. And each one, though often ignored or forgotten, “matters.”

    I want to make a few (perfectionistic) edits to my last longer post, which I may do in the next segment: (sorry,…I’m indulging myself!)

    Best wishes for preserving or regaining or appreciating the value of “innocence” in your/our lives. It is to be loved and treasured in many ways, a Gift of God to us.

  5. Georgie-ann

    edits: (IN CAPS)

    Titus 1:15 “To the pure all things are pure, but to those who are defiled and unbelieving nothing is pure; but even their mind and conscience are defiled.”

    I’ve been thinking a little further on the topic of understanding more about innocence and why protecting/honoring it is so important, so crucial, to our developing lives and the decisions we will ultimately make. As I’ve said recently, our early (young) lives “show & tell” us many things via the realm of the senses — (sight, sound, touch, etc.,…) — and we process the input (our impressions, experiences, and conclusions) via our youthful ability/inability to “understand,” ABSORB, and to imitate, which is obviously somewhat simplified and limited.

    There is something akin to the perfection and vulnerability of a snowflake, or a spring flower, or delicate lace, or a young sapling, or a puppy, or a kitten, that makes us go, “Awwww!” and feel appreciative and protective, even delighted, when we behold the genuine sweetness and unspoiled innocence of a small baby or child,…IF we’re normal ourselves. And it is completely normal to desire to shelter, nurture and protect this young being in their surroundings. Soon enough, all things being equal, young children grow and will encounter their own problematic “selves” and “human natures” and thoughts and questions about how life works, etc., and this is also normal, of course, and problematic enough on its own!

    However, these days, children have also often been overwhelmed early on (OVERSTIMULATED) with tons of artificial stimuli and diversionary programming, inappropriately suggestive of all kinds of developmentally untimely behaviors. (I suspect some rather perverted adult script writers of being amused by intentionally implanting a ridiculously “know-it-all” precocious and seductive style and focus in their youthful actors.) These false and contrived PERSONALITY examples not only rob children of their own “normal” age appropriate attitudes, input, interests, RESPONSES and experiences, (by displacing and usurping the time and opportunities for such), but are also highly suggestive of thought and emotional patterns, activities, preoccupations and behaviors, that set the stage for a competitive (AND SUBLIMINALLY IMITATIVE, RATHER THAN INITIATING), style of self-centered self-absorption, narcissism, comparison, and the pervasive tendency to imitate all the glitz that they see, ADOPTING A DANGEROUS PASSIVE ROLE-PLAYING PERSONA, RATHER THAN BECOMING ORIGINAL AND PERSONALLY AUTHENTIC. (BTW, THIS IS REALLY BAD FOR MALES!!!) Imitating something that has no real root (yet) in themselves, AND BECOMING AN “OBJECT” TO COURT EXTERNAL “APPROVAL,” RATHER THAN A NOBLE HERO-SUBJECT, becomes both an empty and futile exercise and temptation in adopting a false meaning for their lives at that point. “Copy cat” is OK played for a short time, if we have something solid within to return to, by which we truly know and can accept ourselves, simply and happily, as we are. Many children today are consistently robbed of this STEADY inner identity and security, AND THE TRUE VISION AND EXPERIENCE OF THEIR MATURE FUTURE PURPOSE. (AND CHILDISH INFANTILE-ISM IS PROMOTED LONG PAST ITS OVERDUE DATE!)

    Not only do they become compulsive little “actors” (imitators) early on, (GARBAGE IN, GARBAGE OUT), but the real real-life dramas that God has designed to unfold for them at the right times in life, have been so theatrically overplayed and exploited already, that our youth are already prematurely inoculated, bored and jaded, with these “adult” themes. Their ideas have been (not so subtly) skewed and twisted, while they were simply being treated as passive, JUNK-consuming pawns. Boredom, drugs, sex, cynicism, and many experimentation tragedies are waiting in the wings to begin for the presumptuous, CURIOUS and over-eager.

    Somewhere in this now very commonplace cultural process, the external indoctrination-by-overstimulation, overtook and invaded the simplicity, purity and true open-heartedness and secure inner guidance and respect of THE WORLD OF “innocence.” If not truly worldly-wise, a precocious (but unwise) presumption of knowledge and understanding readies itself to “take on the world on its own terms.” But youth, at this stage, can never imagine how absolutely devastating and damaging the wantonness and appetites of “the depraved,” “the defiled” and “the world” are — (or even “who” they are,…”all that glitters is not gold!”) — and how painful are the costs and losses of one’s simple honesty and integrity. “Glamor” is an illusion of the films, created for the films, and has no lasting substantial reality of its own. Naive youth and the ingenue look like “a really good meal” to the soulless, just waiting (lusting) to SEDUCE, pounce and devour, CONSUME and then throw away. In connecting with the “innocent” young victim, the “defiled” predators transfer (inject spiritually) their poisonous venom into the unsuspecting. Once actually defiled by some acquiescing contact/submission to a demonic will in this way, (just once!), there are no quick “take-backs,” no easy ways to erase dark memories and growing sadness and regrets, OR to regain the simple soul-blessedness (inner happiness) of one’s youth, so taken for granted, so lightly treated, so easily thrown away. “We thought it would last forever,”…but soul happiness, if mistreated, is not a guarantee, and doesn’t last forever. It’s possible to actually even see it leave, and that is just pure scary.

    So, “innocence” is both a blessing and a protection for our soul. It is connected with feeling and “having a conscience,” “caring well for others and ourselves,” (after all, we are “made in God’s image!”), experiencing true awe and joy, happiness, wonder, openness, honesty, sharing, value and respect, growing knowledge, wisdom and true understanding, (as opposed to the vagaries and undisciplined invasiveness and risks of uncurtailed, and even rude, “curiosity”), AND NOBLE GOALS AND ACTIONS. Innocence appears to be much more than a simplistic lack of worldly contact and experience. It is a true and very personal “Gift of God” to each and every soul: A spiritual substance, a protective coating, a sensitive and delicate film through which we are nourished perceptively and respond more closely in line with God’s will, PURPOSES and design for us:

    Mark 10:14 “But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, ‘Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.’”

    Matthew 18:2-7
    2 “Then Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them, 3 and said, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5 Whoever receives one little child like this in My name receives Me. 6 Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depth of the sea. 7 Woe to the world because of offenses! For offenses must come, but woe to that man by whom the offense comes!’”

    In our crudeness and crassness, we — (busy people of this world that we are) — often miss the greatest wonders and gifts to us from God. We ignore them, abuse them, distort them, disbelieve them, and trample them underfoot. If we only knew what we were doing, I think we would change.

    Revelation 11:2 “But leave out of your measuring the court outside the sanctuary of God; omit that, for it is given over to the Gentiles (the nations), and they will trample the holy city underfoot for 42 months (three and one-half years).”

    Luke 23:34 “Then said Jesus, ‘Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.’ And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.”

    2 Chronicles 7:14 “If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

    Psalm 26:2-7
    2 “Examine me, O Lord, and prove me;
    Try my mind and my heart.
    3 For Your lovingkindness is before my eyes,
    And I have walked in Your truth.
    4 I have not sat with idolatrous mortals,
    Nor will I go in with hypocrites.
    5 I have hated the assembly of evildoers,
    And will not sit with the wicked.

    6 I will wash my hands in innocence;
    So I will go about Your altar, O Lord,
    7 That I may proclaim with the voice of thanksgiving,
    And tell of all Your wondrous works.”

  6. Thanks, now I feel bad for taking out a school loan.

    Miss ya’ll.

  7. Georgie-ann

    As you may have noticed, (having spent many years as a college tutor in several subjects, but mainly chemistry — and NOT English composition!), I am inclined to take a word, or a concept, that we usually just think we already know what we’re referring to when we use it, and then taking my own words to analyze it, applying clarifying thought processes in order to be more specific and descriptive, elaborating and tying it in — as much as possible — with the basic frameworks and experiences that I’m already familiar with, one way or another. It can become a “discovery process” for me as well, but my usual goal is just to formulate and communicate things that I already have a pretty well-substantiated basis for saying. “It’s what I do!” I almost can’t help myself from thinking like this. But it sure does get me into some pretty long and complex run-on sentences, which I know are not even a tiny bit “in vogue” in modern writing styles. But trying to explain stuff is just what tutors do! — (I used to brag that I could even teach the cows on the farm to play piano, if they only had fingers! Of course, now that I’m older, I think that was quite incorrect. Anyway, I certainly never had to test that theory!)

    So, “I’ve said all that to say this:” (ho hum): in writing this, I’ve “discovered” for myself a few things about our God-given “innocence” and our developmental/growing and maturing challenges and needs, that are clearer to me now than they were before. It’s actually been kind of exciting!

    I do see “innocence” more clearly as a spiritual quality and power of soul that God gifts us with. Experiencing what innocence “is”/feels like, reflects qualities of God to us in a tangible way. He also admonishes us in many ways to value and protect it. The personality and character of innocence will gradually grow and expand to encompass more internal ability and understanding about how we are created to respond to — and engage in, in a genuine and fruitful way — our lives and the lives of others.

    Under better circumstances, the simplicity and charm of babies, (being nourished, loved and cared for), will pass through later times of basic skill development (which is blessed by encouragement and teaching and good example), into (1) greater diversifying of individual capacities to perceive and respond meaningfully to life challenges, and (2) the formation of inspired goals and fulfilling personal vision and purpose for life. When “innocence” is understood, valued and protected, a youth is “free” to develop an authentic and satisfyingly integrated identity that is “true” to deep God-given character qualities, both inside and out. There is nothing “cheap,” unsatisfying or “blandly imitated” about an authentically formed identity that remains true to God’s character.

    In writing previously, I could see specifically that boys needed much more opportunity (than they are often now getting) to be spontaneously active, creatively purposeful and self-initiating, self-determining, in projects that they conceive and design themselves, for good purposes that they perceive and believe in. We need active “heroes,” and they need to BE these confident, self-motivated types.

    My brother and I clearly remember “the old days” before the highly organized youth sport scenes of today, when vacant lot baseball games were an everyday occurrence all summer long, no orchestrated Little League in sight, and never any adults either. The kids did just fine, worked everything out themselves, and I think they were much stronger, more confident, happy and self-sufficient as a result.

    Conditions were quite different, but produced similar human benefits, when we lived on a dairy farm during my sons’ growing years.

    Since I was a girl growing up in this society, I can understand the effects of the types of programming, discussed earlier, on our self-images and vain imaginations, and soul-compromising attempts at “fitting in” to a popularized image and style set, in order to “please” others. This is surely full of pitfalls for anyone, but it is definitely NOT what “the Designer has ordered” for the boys!

    In systematizing and pre-programming everything years in advance, and running everything by the automatic electronic clock, I think we’ve gotten far off course from the appropriate timing of nature’s more accurate biological developmental clocks. Delaying opportunities for developing true initiative and self-definition in boys until a later time than nature’s optimum (which I think we do too much), and then meanwhile substituting artificial role models for imitation and distraction, is simply “asking for trouble,” which I think it’s pretty easy to see we are already harvesting. Real sad trouble.

    Galatians 6:7,8
    7 “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. 8 For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.”

    If we quit listening to the Spirit, and substitute false images of our own making for the real, we’ll all be in trouble.

    Conclusion: “Innocence” is real, and it is spiritual substance. It is a condition where sincerity and genuine positive energy, truth, faith, trust and happiness can live. Protected, it can serve us well, as a communicator and guide and indicator in our relationship to God, ourselves (“who” we are), and this life. None of us will get through this life without bold-faced, ugly challenges and confrontations to our innocence all along the way. If we “fight a good fight of faith,” we can survive and find blessing. If we are overtaken, we can find forgiveness, healing and restoration. But if we are unbelieving, passive, and acquiesce to lying messages, suggestive images and compromising immoral distortions surrounding us, we may become unwittingly vulnerable to absorbing “spiritual poison” that can block all the joy and freedom that was gifted to us in our original innocence, that we might unfortunately be taking too much for granted. “Freedom” isn’t free, and the joy of “innocence” isn’t guaranteed forever, either. There is much more at stake in playing by “the world’s rules” than many realize.

    As a society, we are promoting too many things that are destructive to innocence, that violate and threaten purity. Purity and Innocence are not even considered important and valuable. Becoming “worldly wise” and preying on the “naive and vulnerable” is the goal of some, which is just the opposite, of course.

    Innocence needn’t be passive or weak. It can become bold and strong in the fight for its own survival. And why not? Surely God is on its side!

    1 Timothy 6:12 “Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.”

    Am I done yet?

  8. Elna

    The lesson I learnt from this story? …. love doing the painting, and not the money you get for the painting. See your talent for what it is…a gift from God.

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