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What do you do if you have a zoo without a zebra? The Marah Zoo in Gaza recently faced that question. Their answer? Take a donkey, cut its hair short, and dye its fur black and white. For most in Gaza who have never seen a zebra, it worked. “Don’t tell anyone,” said Mahmud Berghat, the zoo’s director, “The children love him.” The donkey, however, seemed to know something was wrong. He stood in the back of his cage, with his head down, turning away from the spectators.

When you try to be something you are not, it never turns out well. You can’t fool God or the people who know you anymore than you make a zebra out of a donkey. Integrity is the surest path to confidence and well being. It is better to be honest about who you are than try to be a zebra when you are really a donkey.

-- Illustration by Jim L. Wilson and David Johnson

Proverbs 10:9 (ESV) “Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but he who makes his ways crooked will be found out.”

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