September 22

Luke 16:10-13

“Whoever is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much; and whoever is dishonest in a very little is dishonest also in much.” vs. 10

Golf is a sport with simplicity at its core. The object is to hit a ball off the tee box and then count how many strokes it takes to get it in the hole. Along the way there are penalty areas and occasional out-of-bounds, but it really isn’t very complicated. Golfers are responsible for keeping track of their strokes and are expected to call penalties on themselves when they occur. It’s a game with enormous potential for both frustration and joy and is said to not only build character but reveal it. Many believe that a person who cheats during a round of golf is likely to cheat in other aspects of their life as well. It’s the sort of thing that Jesus was talking about with his disciples when he said, “Whoever is dishonest in a very little is dishonest also in much.” Obviously he wasn’t talking about golf, but what he said can be applied in a multitude of other situations. We use it all the time as we form opinions of people around us. Those who lie about little things will lie about big things. Those who cheat on taxes will cheat on their spouses. A person who litters has contempt for the environment. We reveal ourselves to others in everything we do or say–and most often it’s the little things that are the measure of who we are.

Thought for the Day:  When am I most likely to cheat?

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