“Shoot Straight With Me”

“Shoot straight with me.”
That was an expression Daddy used fairly frequently. If he was walking with someone and maybe he had a question about something, he might preface it by saying, “Shoot straight with me.” That was his way of saying, “Be honest with me.” I use the phrase at times, as well. My intention is the same as Daddy’s.. I’m telling someone to be honest with me.
Years ago, I was talking with a man who worked with an individual I knew. I asked him what the guy was like? He responded, “He’s a straight shooter.”
Being a “straight shooter” means being honest with people. It means keeping your work.. doing the right thing.
In Proverbs 15:21, the Bible says, “Folly is joy to him who lacks sense, but a man of understanding walks straight.”
Think about that verse… “Folly is joy to him who lacks sense…” “Folly” means doing something that is not smart.. .not wise… something foolish. And, there are people who at times, gloat in their folly.
“Man, I got wasted last night…” That’s folly.
“Man, I just spent a lot of money at the poker table..” That’s folly.
But then, the text reads, “… a man of understanding walks straight.”
“A man of understanding…” Not a foolish man but a man of understanding… a wise man… walks straight.
Jesus challenged us to walk “the straight and narrow way.” That means to live a Godly life. It means to live for Jesus… to be honest.. caring… reliable… and more.
Today and everyday, I challenge you to walk straight. Be a straight shooter. Be honest and live an upright life.

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