Sunday, February 3, 2013

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Proverbs 11:3

3The integrity of the upright guides them, but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity.

Yet again is there not a typical message. I believe for many of you I have told you before that I started watching Blue Bloods because of an actor friend of mine who appeared on it.  The latest episode was Inside Jobs but it's message was more about values and choices and how duplicity can get one in trouble. In the latest episode: Brigitte Moynahan's character was asked, by someone she deeply admired and looked up to, to sit on the Board of two major charities before rats infested the charity dinner. On the other side of town, her brother, Donnie's character, was investigating a man who had been thrown out of the car with a dead rat in his pocket. It turned out that both incidents were related and not so upstanding citizens referred to someone who pays them as "Goddess". When at that family dinner table, the case came up and so did the charity dinner. When Donnie's character had a chance to talk to Brigitte's character, he mentioned the case as he even picked up they may be related and mentioned the name "Goddess". Brigitte heard the name and pretended not to know it. But she knew her friend had been referred to as "Goddess" and how she earned the nickname. Donnie continued to press her and she was nervous about approaching her friend who continued to press her to be on the board. Having Brigitte on the board would give her the contacts/network she needed but also have the DA's office in her back pocket while the unsavory things she did went unnoticed. Eventually Donnie's character pressed Brigitte's character to the point that she set up a meeting so the guy who claimed to be the enforcer for hire by "Goddess" could give a positive id. And Guess what? The enforcer gave the positive id and even "Goddess" recognized the man when he approached her. When Donnie's character put the handcuffs on her, the response was, "Do you know who I am? Do you know what I have done for this city and the people I've helped?" Brigitte called her on her "charity". As it's her job to take down those who are in criminal activity. Brigitte knew if she didn't help her brother, her integrity would be on the line.  It hurt her to do it because she looked up to "Goddess". But "Goddess" used the, "I'll have my way " to the point that the bad began to outweigh the good she was doing.

What's the point? The point is, duplicity is a sharp fence to walk and can cause destruction as King Solomon pointed out. Yes, everyone makes mistakes. But the point of making mistakes is to learn the lesson that comes from them so one can move forward and be better and do better. But if one never learns, the mistakes are repeated time and time again til they unravel the person and things become ugly.

Assignment for the week: Watch Blue Bloods episode online called Inside Jobs and also rent/download Devil's Advocate with Al Pacino. Write down what you learn from each. But this is the assignment for the week as this is the only daily message you will receive for the week.

P.S. Remember to check out my girl Stubbs of the Leap of Faith Show on the Leap of Faith Network on Mon-Fri from 10am-12pm and listen for the Get Your JOY In The Morning segment!