On Being Scared About Your Ratings Plus 10 More Lessons:

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Last night I and my significant other saw "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days" (that was my umpteenth time). I can't get tired of the story. If you've seen this movie you'll remember that Andie was given a column to write at her magazine company about losing a guy easily. She was supposed to go out with a guy (experimentally) and do all the awful things women do to their boyfriends (crying, asking for a drink in the middle of an important basketball game, replacing plain towels with pink ones and so on).

But the problem was that no matter what she tried to do, she fell in love at the end of the day. Still, her boss wanted her to write the nasty column of "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days" despite her pleas. She thought about it and eventually threw all caution to the wind. She made up her mind not to care about her ratings anymore. She decided to write her last article for the company and quit after that, and in the article she wrote the TRUTH: how she lost the only person she ever fell in love with.

In any case, this made me think about our own ratings. How much truth do you hide in your social networks just so people can rate you 10 out of 10? Are you yourself or do you try to be like everyone else you follow? Do you care so much about your ratings or do you show the world the things that are really lurking inside your heart? Because at the end of the day, this is what will really matter, what God will find when He searches the depths of your heart:

1 Samuel 16: 7 "For the LORD does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the HEART" and Matthew 23: 27-28 “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. Even so you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness."

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Remember this post "13 Sweeter-Than-Honey Lessons"? The lessons below are a continuation of my very whimsical mind and analytical thoughts. I posted these 10 lessons on Twitter the minute they came to me:

Lesson #14: I don't believe in relativism because the truth is constant and doesn't change with our circumstances.

Lesson #15: We don't have to be the super heroes to do the right thing.

Lesson #16: Once we've understood that the arm of flesh is not as powerful as the arm of God, we've moved to the next level.

Lesson #17: If life offers you sour grapes, make some sour grape juice and add two spoons of sugar.

Lesson #18: Be your own worst critic, pass yourself through the fire, and come out as gold

Lesson #19: The panic button never accelerated a page in the life of any human being. Don't use it.

Lesson #20: If your day is not 100% of what you envisioned, you can always make good use of the 60% that came through perfectly.

Lesson #21: People who give excuses before you even get to see their works inflict self-damage upon their own images.

Lesson #22: Our lives are not summaries or blurbs, they are individual intricate scenes merged into a brilliant novel.

Lesson #23: The way you would like others to see your house is how it should be arranged at all times. Same goes for your Character.

Lesson #24: My needs are different from your needs, but together we can tackle each one of them.

Question for the Day: Do you care so much about peoples' ratings of you that you fail to show who you really are (e.g on Twitter and Facebook) AND which of these lessons above mean the MOST to you?