Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Opus 2011-235, On the Street: The Fertilizer of Life

I was sitting, minding my own business at the coffee bar.  I had finished my initial Bible study and was thinking about themes for a post.  Suddenly I was greeted by a lonely senior citizen who saw in me a kindred spirit with a lap-top.  I got no more work done that morning.  It’s okay, I need to get out more and talking to people I don’t know is good for me.

In the course of the conversation he shared a quote that he attributed to Benjamin Franklin.  I had my doubts, and further research has it as an unknown source, but it was a good quote anyway.
“The best fertilizer for your garden is the gardener’s shadow.”
I like it.  It says a lot to all of us.  In case you miss the point it is reminding us that the best path to success is hard work and effort.  We can’t sit around and wait to hit the lottery.  We at least need to buy a ticket, although I hear lightening insurance pays off better.

I remember when I was working my way through seminary.  At the time I was mowing lawns in a condo development.  One day a couple of my co-workers talked me into joining them on one of their frequent breaks and we went to the local convenience store to get a snack.  Inside a guy was furiously stocking a shelf.  He was moving like his job depended on it.  One of my co-workers said, “I don’t see why he is working so hard.  He is the manager.”  I didn’t share with him that the reason he was working so hard was because he was the manager.  Or you might say he was the manager because he worked so hard.  My break taking co-worker would never understand.  That lack of understanding means he will never be a manager.  The only exception I know to that is if you work for the government.

It reminds me of something I believe Thomas Edison said about success being one part inspiration and ninety-nine parts perspiration.  Effort is the key to success in life.  It is nice to be born with a silver spoon in your mouth but we can’t all be George Bush or Barak Obama.  Consider where Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan came from.  One of them you don’t like but they both started low on the spectrum and made it to the top.  Both will be remembered.

What will you be remembered for?

homo unius libri

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