We who preach and write, do so in a manner different from which the Scriptures have been written. We write while we make progress. We learn something new every day. We speak as we still knock for understanding...If anyone criticizes me when I have said what is right, he does me an injustice. But I would be more angry with the one who praises me and takes what I have written for Gospel truth than I would be with the one who criticizes me unfairly. -Augustine


Quit Ye Like Men

I find it ironic today, that while audiences long for reality in their media that is filled with aggressive & violent behavior, their own lives are becoming less real and more complacent. Now this may surprise you, but I don’t think this propensity toward violence is entirely bad. Let me explain: Men are warriors are heart. That is why they love their football teams, they love to watch the ball hit out of the park, or that diving save at the goal. Men in the 21st century have been tamed and reduced to mere spectators.

I love what John Eldredge wrote in his book, Wild at Heart, a must read for every man:

“A man must have a battle to fight, a great mission to his life that involves and yet transcends even home and family. He must have a cause to which he is devoted even unto death, for this is written into the fabric of his being. That is why God created you–to be his intimate ally, to join him in the Great Battle.”

The Apostle Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 16, “Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.” It is noteworthy to mention that this quote comes from a Philistine out of the book of 1st Samuel who is challenging his comrades to step up and act like men so they don’t become enslaved to others. In the NT the Apostle Paul quotes this same truth but the meaning of the words change in the Greek. To “quit ye like men” implies the gathering of moral conviction with the exercise of manly valor.

It is time for us to join the King of kings and Lord of lords in this Great Battle that requires our complete devotion–it is time to quit ye like men!

Published in: on November 28, 2010 at 4:09 am  Leave a Comment  

Cleaning Fish

“The slothful man roasts not that which he took in hunting: but the substance of a diligent man is precious” (Proverbs 12:27).

I love fishing, but I hate cleaning the fish afterwards! Many times I have brought my stringer-full home only to carve up the first few and then convince myself that the reward was not worth the work. Cleaning fish takes a long time, and I am usually left frustrated, with an unappetizing pile of guts, scales, and bones. Once the guts and scales are disposed, then you have to flour and fry them and clean up another mess of an oily kitchen!

Recently I went ice fishing with friends and together we caught seventy-five fish! The thought of cleaning them almost put me over the edge-but my friend Charlie was with us. With his razor-sharp knife, he cut quickly and skillfully, resulting in a perfect filet–with no bones, no scales, no guts, and no mess!

Within moments the tender filets were floured, sizzling in the frying pan. The substance of our catch was indeed precious!

In Proverbs, Solomon describes the slothful person who neglects to roast that which he hunted; as a result he does not enjoy the fruit of his labors. In contrast, the hunt of the diligent person is indeed a thrill, and to eat the fruit of his labors brings total satisfaction. He never just hangs his trophy in a tree only to come back the next day to realize the meat is spoiled. The diligent person applies his skill from the beginning to the end; he catches, cleans, and cooks his game and finds that his “substance” is precious.

Many of life’s goals can be fulfilled if we work diligently to sharpen our skills. The sharper the skill, the greater the joy and fulfillment.

Published in: on November 28, 2010 at 3:14 am  Leave a Comment