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Baloney Spiel

The other night my wife and I headed to bed a little early to watch a movie we had both been wanting to see. We got our popcorn, fluffed our pillows, got in the perfect cozy position and started the much anticipated show. As typical of myself, about fifteen minutes in I wasn’t catching what was transpiring. I don’t think of myself as an old guy but sometimes these new movies and tv shows have so many things happening all at once that it seems like my brain can’t process it fast enough. It’s at those times I generally try and ask quick and simple questions so as not to be disturbingly annoying during the show. 

“What did that guy mean?” I asked. 
“Which guy?” Andria replies. 
“The guy in the suit! Is he a good guy?” I inquired.
“I don’t know. I have to keep watching.” She responded.

It seems like no matter how many shows Andria and I watch, Andria always has a good idea of what’s happening in the plot. For me I like the good guy-bad guy shows with hopes that an explosion happens somewhere and the good guy beats all the bad guys up. But nowadays there’s always a lot of drama and deception that goes on in-between that you can’t ever figure out who is who and where the plot is twisting to. Thus why I feel the need to ask the pro.  

“Wait! That guy is bad?!” I asked in shock.
“I don’t know yet honey!” She adamantly responds. 
“But you always know!” 

And then it happened. I should have known. Even only being twenty minutes into the movie I should have known. With one swift gesture, I took my hand and waved it in front of Andria’s face. I couldn’t believe it. She gave no response for in fact, she was sound asleep. Unbeknownst to me, she had been in the depths of dreamland the entire time. I sat amazed at her ability to give an almost perfect response while having no cognitive awareness of what was happening around her. She achieved the ultimate award of successfully mastering ‘boloney-spiel’ (aka BS) while in her sleep. I was floored! Needless to say that when the morning came I cornered her on her incredible ability to BS and asked how much of the movie she had seen. To my surprise, none of it. Dang! Could it be my wife is actually a foreign spy and this was normal for her?  We ended up with some good laughs over it all but I’m still a little jealous of this nocturnal spy-worthy talent she possesses. 

So let’s be honest. We all engage in some form of baloney-spiel from time to time. Have you ever found yourself making up some bogus answer when you’re put on the spot? Or what about when someone wants your expertise on a subject you sort of know. Do you put in your two bits worth then fudge your way through the rest? Ha, ha, yes we’ve all been there! Did you know that even some of our beloved Biblical patriarchs were also really good at it? By no means am I writing this to judge or to be a baloney-spiel advocate. Instead, I want to bring up a question we all need to ask ourselves. 

I was intrigued with a news article that came out the other day of this woman who stole another woman’s identity via social media and used it to land herself a 6 figure salaried job. Over the course of her first year the company even gave this woman a raise but then soon enough her lack of character began seeping through. Instead of earning respect and a sustainable income her BS landed her a ten year prison sentence in a cold and lonely cell. It reminded me of what Abraham Lincoln once said, “You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.” In other words, give it a little time and your true character will always shine through. This is why I think it’s important to ask ourselves the tough question every so often; “Am I being real with myself?” When we don’t live from the inside out we won’t be true to the principles governing our core. It’s then that we find ourselves adjusting our values to our culture and eventually end up saying or doing things we don’t really believe. If left unchecked we eventually become full of baloney. It’s the God centered principles that make up who we really are. That’s the ‘real’ part of us. Now If we can master the art of continually bringing ourselves back to those principles then I believe we would be emboldened to face each and every day with a much, much stronger confidence and a lot less need for baloney. 

Proverbs  4:23
Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life. 

Pastor Shian

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