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Beware of orange fingernails.

No one dips into the experiences of life and comes away untouched.  Whatever engages the preponderance of your time and interest will manifest itself in your productivity.  If you read a great deal, you will share your knowledge.  If you travel widely, you will talk about the things you’ve seen.  If you meditate for long periods of time, you will speak thoughtfully with others.  The point is, you are what you do.  You can’t hide it forever. 

The corollary is also true.  Whatever you fail to do will also reveal itself.  Little reading produces an uninteresting personality.  Always staying at home limits your scope of experiences and makes for a humdrum existence.  Dislike of meditation leads to shallowness and impulsiveness.  Moses writes it another way.  “But if you do not do so, then take note, you have sinned against the LORD; and be sure your sin will find you out.” Numbers 32:23.

If you would rather play than pray, it will show up in your ministry.  If you would rather copy the work of others than dig deep into primary study, it will be seen in the way you preach and teach.  If you would rather escape rather than embrace the duties of ministry, the gaps will tell the story.  If you love ministry for what it gives you instead of what you give it, people will notice and pull away.  What you do or what you fail to do will tell on you.

Oh, yes.  Orange fingernails.  They let us know who’s been into the cheese balls.

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