Memorable Scripture: Mankind is my business

Ecclesiastes 2:11
Then I looked on all the works that my hands had done
And on the labor in which I had toiled;
And indeed all was vanity and grasping for the wind.
There was no profit under the sun. Continue reading

Time off and back to business

FYI… last week’s sickness really had me down and I took the week to rejuvenate my body and my mind, which includes the Morning Thought. Thanks for your prayers and your patience.

I think everyone deserves a time to refresh, renew, rejuvenate, regain, and repair.
Jesus often took time to do it with prayer.

And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. Now when evening came, He was alone there. Matt 14:23

Getting away from the crowds and getting alone with Father is what renewed His strength.

It does not say Jesus or any other person took vacations or a day off. There was probably no way to do that in an agrarian society. If you did not work, you did not eat; you did not provide for yourself the means to barter for other goods and services. In other words, the common person could not afford to take a day off.

There were no vacations until perhaps the 19th century and it was the elite usually taking time off, quite often, for health reasons.
The Puritans would take a day off for church and fellowship. The preacher would tell everyone the blessings of hard work and the sin of idleness.

Certainly the Bible had things to say about that subject.

Laziness casts one into a deep sleep, and an idle person will suffer hunger. Prov 19:15

She watches over the ways of her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness. Prov 31:27

Because of laziness the building decays, and through idleness of hands the house leaks. Eccl 10:18

Look, this was the iniquity of your sister Sodom: She and her daughter had pride, fullness of food, and abundance of idleness; Ezek 16:49

Now vacation’s, holidays, and personal days off are pretty common place. Linda is on spring break this week and I took a week vacation to be with her.

But vacations can’t last forever. And taking a little time off from daily devotion can’t be put on permanent hold.

As Jesus said, and I take liberty to use this here,

Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business? Luke 2:49

See and hear what God has to say!

Linda and I have just returned from a pastor appreciation weekend getaway with our friends Steve and Kathy.
Our destinations included Broken Bow, Oklahoma and Beaver Bend State Park; then it was over to Oden, Arkansas where we stayed in a cabin on the Ouachita River. Continue reading

The High Point Of Our Vacation (Literally)

The first view of Enchanted Rock while going north on HWY 965

The first view of Enchanted Rock while going north on HWY 965

Rising up from the ground just north of
Fredericksburg is a huge, pink granite exfoliation dome.
It covers 640 acres and rises up 425 feet above ground, 1825 feet above sea level.
It was a challenge for Linda and me. Continue reading

Vacaching Day 3

A mixture of wildflowers

A mixture of wildflowers

I’ll start out by saying we did 65 caches and 2 series on Wednesday.
Highlights of the day were several old school houses. We actually made it inside one of them to sign the logbook.
We also drove a 20mile back road series that was recommended for 4×4’s. Continue reading