Paragraph 28: The way to fight darkness is with light–the way to fight cold is with heat–the way to overcome evil is with good. “Affirm the good, and the bad will vanish.”
What is “Truth”? Truth is the vital principal to a relationship with God!!!
One of the traits I have carried with me since is was a young man has been the dislike to be around people who are not honest. Now before you think I, Jim Schaben am Holier Than Thou, understand I to am a sinner. As I read and studied lesson 9 it became very clear to me how I became successful in my previous business. It all started by going to a new church on the first Sunday of December 1986. I will never forget opening the church door letting my wife, daughters and son enter first and then having this tall Gentelman stretch out his hand to shake mine my hand and welcome me to his church. As my hand drew near to his I could feel “Power” enter my body from a man who sought God on a daily basis. I don’t even have to close my eyes to remember how that felt. I knew I had finally found the church I had been searching for. I knew I was in the presence of a Man Amoung Men. The following years produced more joy in my life than I have words to express. Every time I see Pastor Harmon I hug him and thank him for his friendship and guidance.
Reading paragraph 17 about how Abraham Lincoln is said to have begotten in all who came near him the feeling awakened when one approaches a mountain. Reading this gave me a renewed understanding of “Truth and Honesty” in all of our matters of life. In my previous business I was taught how to hire people correctly. Wait until you discover who the Gentelman was to taught this to me. After interviewing people and choosing the best person I would call them for a final interview. What they didn’t know was that the outcome of this interview was truly in their hands based upon how they answered two questions. Sounds to simple doesn’t it.
The two questions were- 1. If was to hire you can you make the commitment to never lie to me? If no was the answer interview over, period. If they answered yes, I shared with them why that was so important to everyone at our business’s. I helped them see that everyone here made many decisions every day and those decisions when based on “Truth”, the best available facts, our chances for success were magnified. I helped them see that in “All” situations even when it looked like not being “Honest” would win the day, that “The Truth Will Never Let You Down.” I shared with them how I would never get upset with them if you tell me the truth in all situations. There were times grown men would come into my office and ask me to yell at them for making a mistake even if they had been totally honest with me. I always loved my reply to them I can’t, I made an agreement with you that if your were honest with me regardless of the situation we would go fix the mistake together. Thank You God for putting a man of Truth in my life by the name of Gordon Harmon who taught me these simple “Truths” and now another man named Mark J. and all of his associates who are helping carry this message forward.
Second question – If I was to hire you “Would you give me the opportunity to earn your respect? I do not want you to give it to me I want to earn your respect.” By now you can imagine the look on some of the peoples faces. I loved it. In all the years of employing people I never had anyone say no to the second question. Just yesterday I was at my previous business and one of the people who previously worked for me came to me and thanked me for the environment we had when we worked together. I walked out the door thanking God for putting the “Right People” in my life. Again I say thank you God for your Truth. Thank you for putting men of truth on this great place called earth.
So what are my key takeaways from lesson 9? “Truth Is The Vital Principle To God!” “Truth Is The Vital Principle To A Good Life.” “Truth Is Mighty And Always Prevails.”
Until next week,