#1. It should cause no little thought that the first sin registered in the early church revolved around money.
#2. Good progress today on an old project. Feels good. Working on material about conversion and the Lord’s supper.
#3. Lunch today at Anchieta with the Missus, after a quite productive morning. Did somebody say nap?
#4. An American friend who works with Embraer said today he’ll be here for a week working with the company. Usually comes a day early to be with the church.
#5. Did I show you the link to the latest new item for the office?
#6. An original verse: Courage! Speak the truth! Act for justice! / Jettison all unrighteousness and malice.
#7. A Bible verse: “Do not make friends with an angry person, and do not associate with a wrathful person, lest you learn his ways and entangle yourself in a snare” Prov 22.24-25.
Others will put forth their ideas about how to accomplish the divine mission. We will do our best, also. We are glad for the efforts of each one. In the end, God will judge the work of all and he will approve or find us lacking. Whatever of our work may survive the test, we look forward to salvation.
I am not interested in building up an institution, but only the church of God. My investments will go into the hearts and lives of men and women, for eternal life, and not into the creation or strengthening of a human organization.
Every spare moment, nearly, has been spent in writing in Portuguese, much of that for a book of evangelistic studies, which so far has just over 200 pages. It has required translation of some studies, transcription of material I have on paper by others, and writing my own material, as well as revision and expansion of other of my material.
There’s also another big, big reason, but I’ll get to that one before long.
Yesterday, I worked most of the day on the next issue of Edificação magazine, while the last one is in the printer. It will be ready Tuesday. Today, I spent most of my time working on the dictionary of biblical vocabulary, that started eons ago. Here a little, there a little. Maybe by the time the Lord calls me, it’ll all be done.
Ed M.’s devotional today hit me square between the eyes, using Isaiah 49.4 as his main text.
Labor of the saints. Discouragement is common among the devout. It is not their effort which exhausts them. It is the frustration that nothing seems to come of it. Yet happy are those who never quit. Lesser troubles are forgotten in the face of vaster undertakings. Let the flagging messenger look beyond his disheartening past, Deuteronomy 1:12; Joshua 8:1.
Focus question: How important are results to you? Or immediate praise of what you do?
Study with Paulo this afternoon at 2. Check.
CrossFit at 5. Check.
Study with Pedro and Karol at 8. They’re coming here instead, since he’ll get off work late. Stay tuned.
Writing, in Portuguese and English, and other items done in between, including my FMag article for today.
#1. Last magazine of the year picked up from the printer today. First one for next year is well along the way.
#2. Rained a good part of the afternoon, but it slacked up enough to let me walk to the gym for one of the most rigorous workouts ever.
#3. Good news a few days ago: Somers reinstating support level from 2016. Will be a blessed relief.
#4. Would be hasty step, but one is tempted to jump to using the Versão fácil de ler. Have been reading the OT portion, recently released.
#5. I usually take weeks to adjust to writing the new year properly. Today I put the date down as 2018. Getting ahead of myself.
#6. An original verse: He ate our food and felt our pains and aches; / With us in our hard war he still partakes.
#7. A Bible verse: “So do not throw away your confidence, because it has great reward” Heb 10.35.
Napolean Hill wrote, “It’s easy to find fault with any job. Whatever your occupation or profession, there are always some unpleasant and mundane tasks you would rather omit. It is also easy to allow the things you dislike to dominate your thoughts and for you to overlook the fact that the things you dislike about your work are really a very small percentage of the overall job. Make it a point to find something good in your job every day. It need not be a big, important event; simply finding joy in doing one thing particularly well will suffice. Then, instead of looking forward to the end of the day, you will find yourself actually looking forward to going to work.”
The saint has it even easier. He sees his job as another place and point in time for serving the Lord. The more difficult the work climate, the more his light is needed. The joy he knows in the Lord is needed by everyone around him. He seeks opportunities to share the presence of God. His is no superficial, candied faith that sickens those around him, but a profound settledness in the Lord that draws people to him. If a slave of the first century could joyfully serve the Lord in the hardest conditions, certainly we today can see our jobs as something much more, as a channel of grace to a needy world.