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From: Forthright Magazine <forthrightmag@...>
Date: Mon, 04 Sep 2006 17:01:03 -0500
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Straight to the Cross


COLUMN: Final Phase

Fixing a Situation
by J. Randal Matheny

A baggage handler removing the luggage from the
Sao Paulo-Rio flight picked up a passenger's pet
carrier -- and saw the dog was dead./1 He quickly
called his superior, who, recognizing the
situation was ripe for a legal suit, paged his
supervisor.

He thought for a moment and told his subordinate,
"There's a pet shop near the airport. Go and get a
dog like this one."

"But when she gets home she'll know it's not her
pet!" he objected.

"Once she gets out of the airport, it will be her
problem. And she'll not look closely in the bustle
of claiming her luggage and getting away," replied
the chief.

So while the subordinate found a similar animal at
the pet shop, the chief stalled the dog's owner.

Finally, the pet carrier appeared with a live
animal. The owner took one look at the dog and
exclaimed, "This is not my dog!"

The supervisor went to bat. "Ma'am, with the
difference in pressure and temperature during
flight, and considering the stress the pet feels,
the animals often act strangely until they get in
familiar surroundings."

"Well, this flight certainly changed my dog," she
declared, "because when I put him on the plane, he
was dead. I decided to bring him back to Rio and
bury him close to me, since I loved him so much."

How often do we try to fix a situation or improve
a bad moment, only to make things worse? Somehow,
we think our dishonest schemes can put things
right.

When things go wrong, however, there is no
substitute for honesty, confession, and
transparency.

Problems and situations are to be not managed, but
faced squarely. Character determines whether we
will work around a problem, or deal openly with
it. "The integrity of the upright guides them, but
the crookedness of the treacherous destroys them"
(Proverbs 11:3, ESV).

"But we have renounced disgraceful, underhanded
ways. We refuse to practice cunning or to tamper
with God's word, but by the open statement of the
truth we would commend ourselves to everyone's
conscience in the sight of God" (2 Corinthians
4:2).

When we come clean with mistakes and are open
about bad situations, we might even discover the
dog was dead to start with.

_______
1/ As told to me by the relative of an airport
official in Sao Paulo. I've not discovered on
Snopes.com or other sites if this is an urban
legend.

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