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

My Dad and Huram-abi

How would you like to possess skills that would allow you to do almost anything? My dad was like that! He was an iron worker by trade and had the mind of an engineer, architect, designer, carpenter, furniture maker, and more! He also was a master knot maker; he could take a rope and make a knot for almost anything, including a self-lifting ladder. At work, whenever his company had a difficult and dangerous job to complete they would call my dad. He had to travel around the country to oversee projects that needed the highest level of skill, like setting nuclear reactors in place with several cranes and elaborate rigging.

In many ways, my dad, whose name was A.J. Hamby, reminds me of Huram-abi from the scriptures…maybe he is a distant relative. You may never have heard of him, but in 2nd Chronicles 2 we read: “Now I have sent a skilled man, who has understanding, Huram-abi . . . He is trained to work in gold, silver, bronze, iron, stone, and wood, and in purple, blue, and crimson fabrics and fine linen, and to do all sorts of engraving and execute any design that may be assigned to him . . .”

Did you hear his list of expertise? How did he learn all of these trades? I wonder if his childhood was like my dad’s? Oh, my dad’s mother died when he was 12, and his father was put in prison for bootlegging when he was 14 and then he lived with different relatives who used him as a servant on their farms. When he was 15, he got his first job with the iron workers and began from the bottom up. He realized early on that life was a gift and he didn’t want to squander it. My dad was a lifelong learner, and through his influence it is my desire to be one too.

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