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Busybody Reports


Be not deceived; God is not mocked:.

"Hi-de-ho everybody. This is Michael Jay Busybody in the office of Mr Scrupulous Puritanical. Mr Puritanical, as I understand it you're looking for new employees, and you're now in the process of interviewing prospective applicants. I and my listening audience would like very much to sit in on your interviews if it wouldn't be an inconvenience to you."

"Certainly Mr Busybody, I'd be most happy to have you listen in on a session. I am preparing to interview a likely prospect this very moment. Please, have a seat and make yourself comfortable. Miss Gladhand you may send in the first applicant if you will please."

"Good morning Mr Puritanical. My name is Slugabed Malingerer and I'm most happy to meet you. And I would like to thank you for giving me this opportunity to try out for the opening you have in your association. Here's my resume. I believe you'll find it in good order."

"I'm glad to meet you Mr Malingerer. Have a seat while I look over your papers. As you surely have read in the bulletin I put out when advertising for applicants, the job I seek laborers for requires spending a great deal of personal time and effort on your part in the service of my association. It also requires you spend much of your time in my company as my personal aid. You did read this I'm sure and fully understand the sacrifices you must make if accepted for this position."

"Yes Mr Puritanical, I've heard something about that. I can't say I fully understand what it means in all its applications, but over time I'm sure it will all make perfect sense to me."

"That's all I can ask at this time. And indeed the persons I accept will learn by experience what is expected of them. I see on your resume that you have a good work record, and that many people speak highly of you and of your abilities. I also see that you have a rather short work history at each of your previous occupations. Is there any particular reason for this Mr Malingerer?"

"Yes there is Mr Puritanical. The jobs I've been on before were good, and they paid well, but they weren't suited for a person of my skills and abilities. The job you advertise is more up my alley. I'm sure I would fit well in that capacity. You needn't concern yourself over my quitting on you."

"What you just expressed is one of the first things I'm looking for in an applicant Mr Malingerer. It appears that you are suited for the job. There is one thing more however, do you have any questions you would like to ask me concerning this opening?"

"Yes there is Mr Puritanical. I'm interested in your official stance on job security."

"Job security Mr Malingerer? What job security are you referring to? What is it you're concerned about?"

"Well Mr Puritanical, it's like at the other places I worked there was job security for the workers. I mean, there was a limit I was given that I knew I couldn't fall below if I wanted to keep my job. Like for instance, if I come in late a few times, or if I don't always do what you tell me to do and stuff like that, would I lose my job?"

"Thank you for your interest in my association Mr Malingerer, you may go now. And don't call us, we'll call you."

"Did I get the job?"

"Don't call us, we'll call you."

"That certainly was an interesting interview Mr Puritanical. It appeared as if you were interested in taking that young man into your association, then you suddenly changed your mind. Would you mind telling me and my listening audience what it is you saw in Mr Malingerer that caused you to make an about face with him?"

"It was his interest in job security Mr Busybody. It was his interest in the bottom line that convinced me that he was not the one I'm looking for."

"The bottom line Mr Puritanical? I'm not sure I follow you."

"I have found that when someone is interested in the least they can do and still get by, then it's that bottom line they plan on aiming for. I want people who will aim for the top line. I want those around me to be as I am, one who tries to do the best they can, to constantly better themselves. I don't want to have to continually check on what my employees are doing or not doing, I want them to keep a close check on themselves and to come to me for assistance when they see their job performance is not up to par. I seek people who will continually check the Manual I give them to see if there are areas of needed improvement in their job efficiency. Anything short of the best a person has to offer, even if their best falls short of the best that can be done by others, is not enough for me. Do you understand my reasoning now Mr Busybody?"

"I believe I do Mr Puritanical. And it seems I've heard much of what you said before, but applied differently."

"Applied differently Mr Busybody? And how was that?"

"When I was a youngster the church I attended had a pastor who said very much what you said to me just a moment ago. It was the top of the mountain people strove for at that time. It was what my pastor called pressing for the mark of the high calling. It was unlike what I now see so often today in almost every field where people are settling at the bottom of the heap and feeling comfortable at that level."

48Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect. (Mat 5:)

5Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove ["Test"] your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? 6But I trust that ye shall know that we are not reprobates.

9Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, 10Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. 11And such WERE some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God. (1Cor 6:)

7Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. 8For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. 9And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not [see Ezek chapters 18 and 33]. (Gal 6:)

[Author's note: Two things, why do the Apostles keep saying "Be not deceived"? Is there anyone out there preaching something deceptive?

Secondly, what team would ever seek to attract the worst of players as is seen today in the churches? And if the best is sought, why even bother discussing anything lower than the very best? Why is there so much effort to protect the security of those who don't bother to struggle instead of lending support for those who are striving to be all God calls us to be? ]

30Also, thou son of man, the children of thy people still are talking against thee by the walls and in the doors of the houses, and speak one to another, every one to his brother, saying, Come, I pray you, and hear what is the word that cometh forth from the LORD. 31And they come unto thee as the people cometh, and they sit before thee as my people, and they hear thy words, but they will not do them: for with their mouth they show much love, but their heart goeth after their covetousness. 32And, lo, thou art unto them as a very lovely song of one that hath a pleasant voice, and can play well on an instrument: for they hear thy words, but they do them not. (Ezek 33:)

9This is a rebellious people, lying children, children that will not hear the law of the LORD: 10Which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits: (Isaiah 30:)

24Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. 25And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. 26I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air: 27But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway. (1Cor 9:)




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