When we take things at face value

What do we actually see?

It is truth, reality or factual indeed

Or one big fantasy?

When we take things at face value

Are we seeing what’s really portrayed?

Or is it a counterfeit or something fake

Where an illusion has been made?

Because the simple reality is

That unless we dig deeper than what we see,

We’ll only catch a glimpse of the bigger picture

And may avoid reality.

We’ll believe everything we’re told

Without examining the information,

And unless we research the matter at hand

There will be speculation.

A smile may appear real

At face value indeed,

But it may be coated with venom

With a hatred we cannot see.

The rich may envy those poorer

Or those with a simple heart,

Because when the love of money is a root of all evil

It can tear families apart.

A mansion is stunning indeed

A lifestyle coveted,

But only God knows the reality within;

The heartaches or regrets.

Because disillusionment lives at the top

With many shattered hopes and dreams,

Since we’re created to love and worship God

And nothing in-between.

The celebrities and those famous

Perhaps would give anything,

To be left alone, to be anonymous

But where true freedom this will bring.

The poor may be content

And rejoice in what they receive,

Who make the most of everything

And most likely are not deceived.

Taking things at face value

Is like a jigsaw incomplete,

Where the story is yet to be painted;

It’s when the pieces do not meet.

Taking things at face value

Is a shallow way to exist,

Because unless we stand for something

We’ll fall for anything in our midst.

A gorgeous face does not equate

With an equally beautiful soul,

Because when externals become important

Internal thoughts will not unfold.

Jesus knew what was in the hearts

Of everyone He met,

But His powerful words that were filled with truth

Caused people to repent.

His truth can pierce our conscience

Since His words project much light,

Emanating from the Heavenly Father

They are words filled with life.

The depths of God’s word

And the richness of His ways,

Will reward us with His forgiveness

When in our repented heart He stays.

(C) P.B. 2021

“For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”  1 Samuel 16:7

“For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil…”. 1 Timothy 6:10

“Come now, you rich, weep and howl for your miseries that are coming upon you!”  James 5:1

“But when Jesus perceived their thoughts, He answered and said to them, ‘Why are you reasoning in your hearts?’”  Luke 5:22

“Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a person sows, this he will also reap.”  Galatians 6:7

“Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have.”  Hebrews 13:5

“Woe to you scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!  For you are like whitewashed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness.”  Matthew 23:27

“Repent, and be baptised every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”  Acts 2:38

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