Guard Duty

I work just down the block from the branch of a major bank. Sometimes, when I get to my office early, I see the Brinks truck unload what I guess is millions of dollars for the tellers to disburse throughout the day.

This is no small event.

First the truck pulls up. One guard gets out and surveys the street. Then two armed guards remove the sealed cases of moolah from the truck. The doors of the truck are closed and the guy with the light artillery watches as the other two men move their treasure from the sidewalk to the building. With each step, their eyes dart back and forth searching the crowded street for would-be villains. Once inside, they stand guard to make sure no one enters until the money is safely locked in the vault.

If they’ve done it once, they’ve done it a thousand times. And these guys are serious – they don’t carry pistols, they’ve got rifles.  After all, if you’re not going to guard your money, what are you going to guard?

The Bible gives us a hint.

In Deuteronomy, it says, “But most of all, guard your mind.” The Bible is explaining that what goes into your mind is as important as life itself. For the last 3,300 years, the Bible has filled the minds of countless men bringing morals, values and meaning to the world.

And if you think about it, what could be more important than our minds? Think of all the things we use our minds for. (That’s the first thing – thinking)

We use it for deciding what to eat, deciding what to buy, deciding what to wear (not always an easy task), deciding who to marry and how to raise a family, deciding what values to adopt in life and how to make this world a little bit better than the way we found it.

In order to make those important decisions, first you have to survey the street and recognize all of those outside influences that are trying to steal your mind for their own purposes. Then you have to place guards at your eyes, your ears and your heart to make sure you never lose sight of what you want to accomplish in life. Then you’ve go to lock those values inside your mind and live your life with them.

It’s a question of priorities. As even the would-be villains know, the question is “Your money or your life?”

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by   Max Anteby

Comments icon November 8, 2010


By not a fake jew on November 9, 2010 -- 12:55pm

Good wisdom here!! smile

By Jenny Cremer on November 11, 2010 -- 11:24pm

Hello, I wonder if someone can help me. I am a carer studying for my NVQ 2 in Health and Social Care. My next module is Religious Beliefs and I’ve chosen to present mine on Judaism. Could someone please let me know if there are any special requirements regarding personal care for elderly Jewish peple. As a non Jewish woman would I be allowed to care for a Jewish man. I have found a great deal of info regarding dietary needs, but any other thoughts on this topic would be greatly appreciated. Regards Jenny Cremer

By keith young on November 15, 2010 -- 9:10am

proverb 23:7 ; Ph’p 4:8

By shlomo weiss on November 15, 2010 -- 10:04pm

hi,....haven’t visited simple to remember for such a long time…..will enjoy checking it out once again.

liked the ‘bit’ comparing the bank guards to what the torah says about guarding our minds…very true, of course…

thanks, and regards to david greenberg…hope he and his growing family are all well, etc.


By YB on November 17, 2010 -- 12:40am


By Max Anteby on November 18, 2010 -- 11:30pm

Any reason not to post one of the next two articles?

By Jessie Garner on November 21, 2010 -- 3:12am

There is 613 commandments   of the torah , if you seek to do good in life you will. Ive have studied the 10.000 world religions of the world ,and found that every person in life is looking for the same thing. Be good to one another.

By Janet Cull on February 6, 2011 -- 8:22pm

Thanks for sharing.  I was looking for a picture of a Brinks truck for my young grandson.  How nice to come upon this!

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