Scrutiny of the Holy


“They don’t study the counterfeit–they study the genuine.”

I’m told that in banks and other places where they deal with significant amounts of money, and where they must be able to discern legal from counterfeit bills, they make little study–if any–of counterfeit money. Instead they scrutinize the genuine, and from such acute attention and analysis of the bank notes, the dinero, or the shekel, become expert in detecting that which is false–the counterfeit.

Such is true in our Christian lives as we persue Godliness. We must gaze at that which is holy, righteous, and beautiful. We refuse to camp on the ugly in ourselves, the imperfect part, the limp, the scar, the tattered, the torn, the weak, the disappointing. Never will we fix our gaze there. Instead, we latch onto the instructions of Paul as he addressed the church at Philippi, including its bishops and deacons.

“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” 4:8

Happy and profitable scrutinizing, my friend.


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About Shirley Buxton

Still full of life and ready to be on the move, Shirley at 78 years old feels blessed to have lots of energy and to be full of optimism. She has been married to Jerry for 60 years. They have 4 children, 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren...all beautiful and highly intelligent--of course. :)
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6 Responses to Scrutiny of the Holy

  1. Ace says:

    Excellent! Thank you so much for the reminder and I love the life lesson you used!

  2. Jana Allard says:

    Years ago, I worked as a merchant teller and that is when money was still counted by hand. My fingers would fly as I counted stacks of bills and if there was a counterfeit in the mix, I would always feel it. When you are so familiar with “feeling” the real thing, it is easy to “feel” the fake. Great post.
    P.S. The scripture you gave, we had carved in stone on a granite bench next to my dad’s place of burial.

  3. Shirley says:

    Thank you everyone for being here and for your comments.

    Jana, of all the people I know, there is none more deserving to have that scripture on his tombstone than is your dad. He was a beautiful man of God.

  4. catherine says:

    Years ago, my oldest son and I taught Sunday School together. I remember when he used the counterfeit bill in the stack of real ones as an object lesson.
    It’s exactly what he was explaining to the kids, like Sis Allard said, when you are used to the real thing, you know right away when it’s a fake. Great post. Our little ones are easy target for imitations.We need to surround them with the “real thing” and keep them renewed once they get it for themselves.

    This scripture is one of my son’s favorites. Brings back good memories. Today, his boys go to Sunday School.

  5. Shirley says:

    Good evening, Catherine.

    Thank you for sharing experiences of you and your son teaching Sunday school together. That truly is a priceless memory.

    Bless you.

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