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Sunday, September 22, 2013
September 20, 2013
Today's Photograph . . . . To Lead A Quiet Life, To Mind Your Own Business, And To Work With Your Own Hands (Cliff S)
Bible Study Verse
So, because he was of the same trade, he stayed with them and worked; for by occupation they were tentmakers. (NKJV)
Thoughts I wish I had a tent made by these guys. Consider their passion for hard work, especially Paul. He provided for his necessities by the work of his hands. He was serious about what he did and he let it influence his daily living. If his product wasn't good, he'd starve.
By that standard, he encouraged others to work hard, too. He and his friends were craftsmen, capable of making an honest living from their labor. Every day of their honest day's work framed their work ethic.
There's a mandate here: learn to work with your hands. It was Paul's command in 1 Thessalonians4:11, "That you also aspire to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you," (NKJV). In reality, this instruction is inspired by the Holy Spirit.
Action Point From the Christian outdoorsman's perspective, our hands are frequently at work in our hobbies and interests. What do you do with your hands? You can add to the depth of your character and the degree of your own work ethic by regularly learning to do new things. Here's a partial list of something new to try:
Build a muzzleloader.
Cast bullets or sinkers.
Dutch oven cooking.
Learn to score antlers.
Train a hunting dog.
Keep an outdoor journal.
Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
To keep your tent floor clean, wipe it out with a towel rather than sweeping it with a broom. A towel is better for clean up when the floor and/or debris is damp.