I grew up watching black-and-white westerns. (If that doesn't give away my age, I don't know what would.) Many of these westerns had a plot of searching for gold. Too frequently the gold-miners were fooled by iron pyrite or "fool's gold." A few shiny flakes and the miners believed they had found the real thing.
A week or so ago I wrote about distinguishing between real gold and fool's gold. I suppose that is still on my mind as I hear stories on the media of people who are deceived a "few shiny flakes."
Here are a few examples I've noticed, in the media and in my own life:
A mother who abandons her principles and family for material things and worldly pleasures.
A movie star who trades his family for an immoral relationship.
An individual who promises to show up for a church assignment and chooses to blow it off.
Whether it's personal or in the media, the choices of mistaking fool's gold for the real thing are the same.
So, for today, I am grateful for those who are not deceived by a "few shiny flakes."