"The Lord detests dishonest scales, but accurate weights find favor with him" - Proverbs 11:1.
In ancient times, items that were sold by weight, like flour, salt, or seed, were put on one side of a scale with a weight on the other side. Unethical vendors would tamper with the weights, making the buyer think they were purchasing a certain amount, but in actuality the weight was less than it appeared. Thus the buyer was paying for a pound but in actuality only receiving 14 ounces. Today's verse tells us that God watches those false 'weights'—fraudulent and dishonest business dealings—and actually bestows favor on those who act with integrity. Leaders must be mindful of this fact and watch their business and leadership practices to ensure everything they do and produce is accurately portrayed, labeled, and advertised.
LEADERSHIP STEP: Your Step today is to an assessment of the world you lead: 1) Are you faithful to your organization's mission or is it a nice slogan to which no one pays attention?; 2) Do you follow through on customer service promises?; 3) Does your leadership team keep commitments to employees or volunteers and treat them with dignity?; 4) Are your services and products of a high quality?; 5) Are there false weights in your own character or leadership style?