WORK: BLESSING OR CURSE?

Yes, that is our granddaughter Naomi chopping wood for their wood stove in Chile—good work.

Yes, that is our granddaughter Naomi chopping wood for their wood stove in Chile—good work.


In our day many people have as their goal in life to come to a place of ease and comfort with that happening sooner than later. For those of us who are concerned about what God says about our lives we find that the Bible makes some very strong statements about work. One of my favorites from Colossians 3: 23-24 says, “Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve.” John Wesley commented on the word “heartily”—”Cheerfully, diligently. Menpleasers are soon dejected and made angry: the single-hearted are never displeased or disappointed; because they have another aim, which the good or evil treatment of those they serve cannot disappoint.”

But, the Bible also instructs us in many others aspects of work such as how many days we should work and what kind of examples we should follow. Contrasts often help us see more clearly the side of an issue we are trying to understand and in this way what work looks like becomes more defined to us as we look at laziness from a Biblical perspective.

Plan to join us this Thursday morning as we specifically consider “Proverbs’ Words on Work.” Nothing is superior to knowing what God has to say concerning the issues of life.

MOTHERS AND HEALING WORDS

I’m wearing the “Hero Mother” medal from Soviet Union days when mothers were encouraged to have more children by being awarded special medals. Mark (my husband) thought I should have this coveted award.

I’m wearing the “Hero Mother” medal from Soviet Union days when mothers were encouraged to have more children by being awarded special medals. Mark (my husband) thought I should have this coveted award.

What a wonderful day of celebration has just passed for all of us mothers. I am sharing with you a wonderful article that I hope will be an encouragement to every mom.

Mothers perhaps have more opportunity than most other people to refine the words we speak because of the varied situations we face every day. However, “having opportunities” and “taking opportunities” can have two completely different results. Without God’s wisdom filling and ruling our souls we easily miss our chances to grow in refining the words we speak so that they are helpful, truthful, and God honoring.

“There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.” Proverbs 12:18 “What did you say yesterday that brought healing? that pierced like a sword?” Kathleen Nielson

Won’t you plan to join us this Thursday morning as we encourage one another from the book of Proverbs to use our tongue in a manner that brings glory to God with everyone in our life.

THE BEAUTY OF FEARING GOD

This little fern shows a bit of God’s beauty in the world around us.  But, He desires a far greater beauty in our lives.

This little fern shows a bit of God’s beauty in the world around us. But, He desires a far greater beauty in our lives.

“Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, But a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised.”

(Proverbs 31:30)

We cannot improve upon God’s clear description concerning a mother, or any woman who will be praised; “..a woman who fears the LORD,…” As I have immersed myself in the study of Proverbs, one thing stands out above everything else; fearing God results in wisdom and great glory to our amazing Creator. So appropriate for the week approaching Mother’s Day would be the deepening of our understanding of the need to have reverential awe towards God. To often “charm” and “beauty” catch our attention as desirable. But, God connects them with deceitfulness and vanity; both of which in the short and long term dishonor our amazing pure and holy God. But, humbly following God results in good mothers, happy wives, and peaceful souls. Surely, this is the real source of beauty in life. This brings to my mind these great verses. “Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear—but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God's sight is very precious.” (1 Peter 3:3-4)

In preparing for Thursday morning’s Bible study consider these thoughts and see how they tie into our lesson “Do You Want Wisdom?” Maybe we actually are not that passionate about fearing God. Let’s discuss that point on Thursday and encourage one another to be in awe of God.

Happy Mother’s Day!!!