Proverbs 12:9

Better to be a nobody and yet have a servant
than pretend to be somebody and have no food.

Many years ago a man called me and wanted to meet for lunch; he had a business proposition to discuss.

He showed up in a white limousine all dressed up in the latest style… and had a busty blonde “escort” on his arm. He took me to a fancy restaurant and I was “wined and dined” as he made his big pitch; there was big money to be made, and this guy was tossing millions into the deal. All I had to do to make my share of the millions was…

When the bill came, his credit card was declined, all of his cards were declined, and I had to pick up the check; how embarrassing. This guy was all flash and no cash! Another person who was acquainted with the guy told me that he lived off of money invested for his big deals, and that he spent so much on appearances that there was never anything left for the business. I’ve met quite a few people like that.

My guess is that there were people just like that in Solomon’s day too, for as Solomon would have said, “there is nothing new under the sun.”

About Don Merritt

A long time teacher and writer, Don hopes to share his varied life's experiences in a different way with a Christian perspective.
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3 Responses to Proverbs 12:9

  1. William says:

    What is the phrase? Lonely at the top? Sometime I want to share the story of the small TV store owner.

  2. The story got me smiling. We see people like that often. Thanks.

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