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The Upside of Downside Isaiah 58:1-12

The Upside of Downside

Jayson Blair, Stephen Glass, Monica Lewinsky and Oliver North are all people who were disgraced -- but then cashed in! These days, bad choices can lead to big bucks for celebs in the spotlight. But on Ash Wednesday, we should focus on the actions and attitudes that bring true restoration.


That's a good first step, if you're looking for success. But if writing is not your thing, you can always lie to Congress, run over revelers with your SUV, practice mail and wire fraud or work for the mob and whack a few guys.

Point is, the step toward fame and a financial fortune is to do something bad. Then, get caught. Next, make the national news. Temporarily face dishonor, disgrace and infamy. Give interviews. Tell all. Say you're sorry -- or not. Grant more interviews. Wait five minutes. Get contract offers from publishers, movie moguls, TV or radio stations. Find yourself quickly restored to society. Last -- make oodles of money.

This pattern is the new scenario for success, American-style. Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks, commenting on the Kobe Bryant case, was quoted as saying, "From a business perspective, it's great for the NBA. It's reality television, people love train wreck television and you hate to admit it, but that is the truth, that's the reality...

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