“The vanity of man keeps him from his God of love.
The vanity of man permits him feeding at the tables of many gods:
at tables where the fare is composed of the lies of man,
at tables where deceit is practised,
at tables where the truth is denied in the absence of integrity,
at tables where the offering plate is always to the fore,
at tables where there are no gifts from the salacious and the greedy,
at tables which only serve the will of man.
The vanity of man feeds upon his pride:
feeds upon the prowess of his self,
feeds upon his dominance,
feeds upon his striving for pre-eminence,
feeds upon the greetings borne by others,
feeds upon the bonding of the obsequious.
The vanity of man is ruthless in his pursuits:
is thoughtless in his relationships,
is thorough in preserving the portrait of himself,
is pre-occupied with his presentation,
always seeks the kingmaker among the powerful,
always joins an enclave promoting his objectives,
always discards the stepping stones he tramples on his journey,
always sheds his compatriots who would seize the limelight.
The vanity of man is not pleasant to peruse when seen in excess,
when seen in the formation of a character,
when seen attaching the blame for failure by shelving it on others.
The vanity of man places him at the forefront of a queue,
places him where apologies are unknown,
places him where conflicting lies are sprouting from his tongue.
The vanity of man befriends those who do not compete,
those who will not overshadow his being and his presence,
those who remain subservient in their modes of address.
The vanity of man is promoted by the enemy of man:
is promoted right to the threshold of his fall,
is promoted with recourse to mirrors,
is promoted by exaggeration,
is promoted by proliferation of stories without foundation,
is promoted by the shallow man who would dwell inside,
is promoted by the peacock who struts in the feathers of the day.
The vanity of man denies a direct approach,
sees him sidling up to first ascertain the lie of the land,
often sees a crony being sent before,
often tosses thoughts on to a sounding board to test what bounces back.
The vanity of man is not a redeeming trait when promulgated far and wide,
when dominant within a soul,
when the spirit is silenced through coercion of the will,
when a walk is tainted by that which should not be.
The vanity of man pre-empts a walk with God,
pre-empts the seeking of God,
pre-empts a relationship with God,
pre-empts the acknowledgement of God.
The vanity of man leaves him with his favourite flavour in the milkshake of his gods,
leaves him wandering to a destination which has never been considered,
leaves him without discernment of the gates already hanging open,
leaves him content as he strays both in ignorance and pride.
The vanity of man masks the possibility of repentance,
masks the proximity of The Loving God,
masks a change in lifestyle which has never been on the agenda as being desirable or sought.”