Wednesday, May 01, 2024

Babcock: life tools

Thursday, May 2, 2024
    Feast of St. Athanasius, Bishop of Alexandria, Teacher, 373
    [Jesus:] “As long as it is day, we must do the work of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work.”
    —John 9:4 (NIV)
    A Christian should hold his tools in general with a loose hand, but in particular with a firm hand. No man knows when he may be deprived of his health, his money, his position, his friends; he must not set his heart on any one of them as a final good, as an essential blessing. But upon the tools he has, he must set his heart with great appreciation and concentration, that he may learn how to use each one so as to get the best results inside and out. Love not tools less but craftsmanship more. Work while you have your tools; the hour cometh when you may not have them.
    ... Maltbie D. Babcock (1858-1901), Thoughts for Every-day Living, New York: C. Scribner’s sons, 1901, p. 31 (see the book)
    See also John 9:4; Ex. 31:2-11; Matt. 9:37-38; Rom. 12:11; 13:11-12; 1 Cor. 7:29-31; 1 Thess. 4:11-12; 2 Thess. 3:7-13; 1 Pet. 4:7; 1 John 2:17
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, grant me craft to do my work for You well.
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