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Lessons from Celebrity Apprentice

May 13, 2009

Though I was mocked mercilessly by my wife, and had to show her how crafty I was by not letting her steal the remote from my hand, I endured the season of Celebrity Apprentice. Why? Today, I can honestly say, I have no idea. It certainly wasn’t one of those “encouraging” shows, or a show about the wealthy helping the poor (though it was promoted that way), and it did little but annoy the fire out of me from day one. But I couldn’t look away. It was like seeing a small child with something hideous hanging from their face… you don’t want to look, but you have to. I blame Adam and Eve for that.

I watched most of the finale on Sunday night, and found myself literally getting more and more angry. Why? Because it was a perfect microcosm of modern life and business, where as long as we talk fast and don’t really listen, we can be as arrogant and deceitful as we want, and not only get away with it, but be rewarded for it.

Too often we do that ourselves at work, at home, in our community, in our churches. We talk to get out of a jam, or to get what we want, instead of listening to those around us, or worse yet, instead of hearing what God says about the situation. We assume we are always right, and instead of embracing a situation with humility, we get ticked and blow up. I am as guilty as anyone on this point, mostly because I am so ridiculously arrogant. My hope and prayer is that in my own life, I would be known as someone who resembles James 1.19-21, and not one of the Celebrity Apprentices.

Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. 20 Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires. 21 So get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the word God has planted in your hearts, for it has the power to save your souls.

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