Who's Fooling Who

by Stan Mitchell
“Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the heart,” (Proverbs 21:2, ESV).
It was Abraham Lincoln who said, “You can fool all of the people some of the time; you can even fool some of the people all of the time; but you can’t fool all of the people all of the time.”
But there is one person you can fool pretty readily, whenever you like. He is gullible, swallow it hook-line-and-sinker naive. He will buy that bridge in Brooklyn, if you tell him it’s for sale; he will believe in flying saucers; he’ll even accept that World Federation Wrestling is real … if you will just tell him.
And who is this unsuspecting, uh, unvarnished person whom you can get to believe anything you say?
It’s you!
You can fool yourself.
Humans seem to have an infinite capacity for self-deception. How easy it is for us to convince ourselves that our actions were taken with the best of intentions. Blinded by our own pride, we accept the most ridiculous explanations for our motives… if we are the ones explaining them away.
“The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately sick,” our Maker reminds us. ‘Who can understand it?'” (Jeremiah 17:9).
Heard any whoppers lately from a vacuum cleaner salesman…speaking to you from the mirror?

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Stan Mitchell

Stan has preached since 1976, in Zimbabwe, California, Texas and Tennessee. He serves as preacher for the Red Walnut Church of Christ in Bath Springs, TN. He is currently Professor of Bible at Freed-Hardeman University. He is married to the former Marjorie McCarthy, and has one daughter, Tracy Watts. He is the author of four books: The Wise Get Wiser, the Foolish More Foolish: The Book of Proverbs, Give the Winds a Mighty Voice: Our Worship in Song, and Equipping the Saints for Ministry. He has recently published another book, "Will Our Faith Have Children: Developing Leadership in the Church for the Next Generation.

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