Monthly Archives: June 2013
I just spent the last week modifying my two bedroom apartment into a three. I took a week off of work, to work.
It was that realization that got me thinking. I enjoyed the work. Don’t get me wrong, there are days I enjoy my job. But let’s face it, all jobs have tasks we would rather not perform.
But this task at home was of my choosing. Generally at my pace and on my timetable. I could see the results of my work. It bore fruit.
I think it is important to remember that the ground was cursed because of Adam’s sin. Work was cursed. It will bear fruit, but at a cost.
Our jobs become routine and it is easier to focus on the “thorns and thistles” and the “sweat of our brow” than the fruit it produces.
Now, was my week without sweat? Uhm, no. But the reward seemed worth it.
Is my relationship with people without sweat? With my wife? My children? My neighbor? My coworkers? My employees?
What is God seeking for us to learn from His curse of the ground? For we know He disciplines those whom He loves.
First, there is a cost to disobedience.
Next, that a task great enough and good enough is worth the sacrifice of thorns and thistles twisted into a crown and sweat dripping from your body as the Son of God takes the sin of all mankind upon himself to restore that which was lost.
This is a trial post. Not sure how it will end up looking. Trying something new.
To my fellow fathers out there: Ours is a thankless task it seems, at times. Everyone has a critique of how this could have been better or how we should have done less of something and spend more time with the family, etc. you know the drill.
But, we Know we love our children. And we Know we love our wives.
From Teddy Roosevelt:
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
So smile that man smile today, the “being a dad has made me a better man” smile.
And let the critics rant, they can’t smile That smile.
Today was a wonderful day. And a sad one. And a happy one.
Enjoyed a great worship service. Led by a friend who used to be the Worship Leader at church. He was fired by our church, for reasons unknown. Still a mystery to me.
Anyway, he needed to have a video of his leading worship to assist in his job search.
So everyone there tonight was a friend of his. And they wanted to be there. Absolutely glorious worship. God the Father focused, Jesus the Son of God praising, Holy Spirit honoring worship of the Living and Triune God.
And I’m sad because I will probably never get to see my friend lead again.
But I will love and praise God without my friend.
But I know, no matter what, we will be worshiping again together when Jesus calls us home. Now that is going to be worship.