Some people are servants to good and some are slaves to evil.
Servants of the good things in life fight for what is right; while slaves to the bad things may appear to fight for the good, but it is for bad motives.
Servants of the good take tender care of their children; slaves of evil may appear to care, but only decorate, display, and discourage their children for selfish reasons, if they don’t attack them outright or neglect them.
Servants of goodness are gentle in their dealings with all people; slaves of the wrong may make a show of good mannerisms, but have harsh thoughts they reveal later. This often reveals as gossip.
It may seem as if the servants of the good are perfect and faultless, but really, although their flaws may not be visible, they know them well, and beat them down as much as they can, always striving for a better way, next time. Slaves of evil do not realize they are thoroughly bad, think they are doing folks a favor by their presence, maybe even consciously hide their badness, thinking it is not bad but just unwelcome.
In fact, one big difference between good and bad is where the battleground is in each life.
Some battle self, try actually to be good; others battle appearances, trying to look good.
And when we grow really, really old, whatever is on the inside begins leaking out. When the days come, when weakness no longer has strength to hide what is inside, in the nursing homes, all will be revealed.
Be good . . .
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