by Steve Jones

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There's More to your Righteousness than Meets the Eye (2 of 3)
Steve Jones
Matthew 6

Introduction: During some desperate times, a zoo advertised for needed help. A well-built man was rather disappointed to find the only job left was that of impersonating a gorilla. The gorilla had died, and the zoo was expecting some VIP visitors so they needed an imposter. Money was tight, so he took the job. All went well for the first few hours – until the heat started taking its toll. As he tried to swing from one tree to another, he lost his grip and went flying into the lions den. He immediately started shouting, "Help! Help!" The lion leaned over and said, "Stop that screaming or we'll BOTH lose our jobs!" Sometimes people are not what they appear to be on the outside.

ILLUSTRATION: One little girl was eating mound after mound of cotton candy at the fair and her father asked "How can a little girl like you eat all of that cotton candy?" She thought for a minute and answered "I guess I'm bigger on the inside than I am on the outside!"

Example: Marilee Jones, dean of admissions at the Massachusetts school of technology (MIT), recently resigned after admitting the resume she submitted 28 years ago was filled with lies. Ms. Jones has written a number of books, including "Less Stress, More Success", where she writes: Holding integrity is sometimes very hard to do because the temptation may be to cheat or cut corners. But just remember that "What goes around comes around." Jones now wishes she had followed her own advice. Marilee Jones was SMALLER on the inside than she was on the outside.

Example: Contrast her example to that of the late Chuck Feeney. During his life Chuck Feeney bought clothes off the rack, flew coach, and had five children who worked summers as waiters, hotel maids and cashiers. But during his lifetime Chuck Feeney also secretly gave away 4 BILLION dollars to various philanthropic causes, charities and individuals. Appa ...

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