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Topic: Illustrate the meaning of “All that Glitters is Not Gold” (without using the actual phrase or literal example). (01/24/08)
TITLE: Bright Lights, Big City
By Bob Truesdale
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I have stayed in some very nice hotels in exotic places, but one thing remains constant. I’m always alone. If I choose to go out with the crew, I have to sit there watching them drink and shoot the breeze about worldly chatter and slanderous talk. So I usually hang by myself. Another city, where only the names of the streets and restaurants have changed. Yes it’s nice to have some alone time with God but often it gets very lonely. If you’re in Europe, cell phones don’t work to call home to friends or family. Often we get to our overnights long after midnight so it’s too late to call home anyway. Sometimes I workout, alone. I walk around the city or in a mall, alone. I eat every meal by myself. When I’m home for three or four days, every else is working. So once again, I do everything by myself. There are times when I must fly weekends and miss church. Most oftentimes, I can’t get involved in church activities that occur mid-week because I’m out of town. If there’s inclement weather, it can take me two days to get home and I’m not getting paid for any of it.
There are pluses and minuses to every job and endeavor. I’ve learned not to envy those in other positions because too often we focus on the baubles without realizing the challenges. Just look at Hollywood. I know God has me on the airplane for a reason. I ask Him to shine through me before each flight. I’ve gotten to share His grace and truth in countless ways over the years, and that more than anything, has made it well worth it!
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