Ben’s QTVOTD – “DEAD FLIES cause the ointment of the perfumer to putrefy [and] send forth a vile odor; so does a little folly [in him who is valued for wisdom] outweigh wisdom and honor. A wise man’s heart turns him toward his right hand, but a fool’s heart toward his left.” Ecclesiastes 10:1-2 ->me: What a day to get this set of verses in my quiet time. Once again, I read these verses (while reading ahead) a couple of days ago, but now after prayer for God’s understanding of these texts, they hit home. This fly in the ointment happened to me about 6 months ago. I consider work my mission field and I strive to be not only above reproach in my walk but to keep my speech and perception that which is worthy of my King. I remember being in a meeting room with my vice president and several others recounting a funny but lightly inappropriate (involved a conversation/prank in a bathroom) about 6 years ago that involved myself and said V.P. I immediately could tell that this normally uninhibited V.P. had a look on his face that was other than amused. I stopped immediately but knew right then and there I had screwed up (mostly that I had let my Lord and Savior down). In an effort to be silly and tell a funny story, I went against wisdom, choosing my left hand and am fairly confident I, in that one act, tainted years of reputation of character in that one moment of folly. The worst part is that I tainted a representation of Christ I strive to preserve. To this day I pray for God’s mercy and forgiveness for that moment and resulting change in perception. Although it will not erase what I did, I probably (I know I need to) approach my V.P. and apologize for the comments and ask for his forgiveness. Lord, please give me the courage to do this as soon as this coming week, that I might reclaim as much of your glory as possible in the eyes of those I work with.