A Study on Vocation, Pt. 4

“Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and men.” — Proverbs 3:3-4

“Do not let mercy and kindness and truth leave you [instead let these qualities define you]; bind them (securely) around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. So find favor and high esteem in the sight of God and man.” — Amplified version

“Love — Agape Love, the highest of the 4 types of love in the Bible. Jesus Christ showed this kind of love to His Father and to all humanity

Philia Love, the type of love in the Bible that most Christians practice towards each other.

Storge Love, a term for love less familiar. This Greek word for family love is not specifically found in Scripture.

Eros love, the Greek word for sensual love, which is self-gratifying.”

“Love in Hebrew is ‘Ahava’ which is made up of three basic Hebrew letters. These three letters actually are broken down into two parts: a letter base or root, and the first letter, which is a modifier. The meaning of the two letter base is “to give”. The meaning of “Ahava”, is “I give” and also “love”

“In a general sense to be pleased with; to regard with affection, on account of some qualities which excite pleasing sensations or desire of gratification… In other words, the Christian loves God with the love of complacency in His attributes, the love of benevolence towards the interest of His Kingdom, and the love of gratitude for favors received (Matt. 22:37)

An affection of the mind excited by beauty and worth of any kind, or by the qualities of an object which communicates pleasure, sensual or intellectual. It is apposed to hatred.

The love of God is the first duty of man, and this springs from just views of His attributes or excellencies of character, which afford the highest delight to the sanctified heart. Esteem and reverence constitute ingredients in the affection, and a fear of offending Him is its inseperable effect.” — Webster 1828 (further studies on love are important!)

“Faithfulness – Fidelity; loyalty; firm adherence to allegiance and duty. Truth; veracity. Strict adherence to injunctions, and to the duties of a station. Strict performance of promises, vows or cvenants; constancy in affection.” — Webster 1828

“Faith etymology — From Anglo-French and Old French “Feid; Foi” Faith, belief, trust, confidence; pledge”

“Favor – Kind regard; kindness; countenance; friendly disposition” — Webster 1828

“In the way of believing obedience to God’s commandments health and peace may commonly be enjoyed; and though our days may not be long upon earth, we shall live forever in heaven. Let not mercy and truth forsake thee; God’s mercy in promising, and His truth in performing: live up to them, keep up thine interest in them, and take the comfort of them.” — Matthew Henry

Verse related to business — This verse – among many – is the basis of how we should be as Christians, that love and faithfulness should never leave us. Therefore, this verse is just as important to relate to business as in any other area of our lives.

Both love and faithfulness are major attributes of God, but we are capable of expressing love and faithfulness. It is up to us to bind them around our neck, like we would jewelry, and make them so important and familiar to us that they are written on the tablet of our hearts.

By expressing Love and Faithfulness, you not only are following more closely the path of God’s will – you will have favor with both God and man. Only remember it is much more important to have good will from God than from men!

This verse implies not only that you use and express love and faithfulness, but that you are so apart of them that you are the same.

What do we express love and faithfulness towards? First, toward God, and secondly toward our neighbor. Love the Lord above all else, and this should apply also (especially?) in your business dealings!

As Christians, God is supposed to be Number One in our lives… in all and every matter. The Bible says nothing else should come before God.

Bible Study on Vocation, Pt 3

“Then you will understand what is just and right and fair — every good path. For wisdom will enter your heart and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul. Discretion will protect you, and understanding will guard you.” — Proverbs 2:9-11

Then you will understand righteousness, justice and fair dealing [in every area and relation]; yes, you will understand every good path. For skillful and godly Wisdom shall enter your heart, and knowledge shall be pleasant to you. Discretion shall watch over you, understanding shall keep you.” — Amplified version

“Then you will understand righteousness, and justice and equity, every good path; for wisdom will come into your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul; discretion will watch over you, understanding will guard you.” — ESV version

“Discretion – Prudence, or knowledge; that discernment which enables a person to judge critically of what is correct and proper, united with caution.

Liberty or power of acting without other control than one’s own judgement.” — Webster 1828

“Protect: [Latin protectus, protego; pro nad tego; to cover] To cover or shield from danger or injury; to defend; to guard; to preserve in safety.” — Webster 1828

“Righteousness – 1. Purity of heart and rectitude of life; conformity of heart and life to the divine law. Righteousness as used in Scripture and theology, in which it is chiefly used, is nearly equivalent to holiness, comprehending holy principles and affections of heart, and conformity of life to the divine law. It includes all we call justice, honesty and virtue, with holy affections; in short, it is true religion. ” — Webster 1828

“Justice – Impartiality, equal distribution of right in expressing opinions; fair representation of facts respecting merit or demerit. In criticisms, narrations, history or discourse, it is a duty to do justice to every man, whether friend or foe.” — Webster 1828

“Those who earnestly seek heavenly wisdom, will never complain that they have lost their labor; and the freeness of the gift does not do away the necessity of our diligence. Let them seek, and they shall find; let them ask, and it shall be given them. Observe those who are thus favored. They are the righteous, on whom the image of God is renewed, which consists in righteousness. If we depend upon God, and seek to Him for wisdom, He will enable us to keep the paths of judgement.” — Matthew Henry

Verse related to business — This chapter of Proverbs speaks of the ‘moral benefits of wisdom’. An important chapter to read!

Verses 9 to 11 speak of what will happen if you follow wisdom whole-heartedly; as for treasure. In a sense, it says you will become wisdom, for wisdom understands and leads to every good path.

In business, do not seek to gain wealth. Proverbs, and the Bible, says to seek wisdom, not wealth.

When starting a business, you do not simply say “I will make money”, you seek to know how to attain success, which can include money.

When you truly seek wisdom – which is much deeper than simply knowledge – you come to understand what is right (righteous) and just and fair – every good path. Knowledge will be pleasant to your soul.

Knowledge will not only be pleasant to me, but to my very soul – something much deeper.

In seeking wisdom, you acquire much more than just understanding. You acquire understanding of righteousness and justice and fairness. Righteousness being an important aspect of God’s character; justice being something He is firm and careful to carry out; fairness being something He gives abundantly, and clearly. In learning wisdom, we come to understand more of God’s character. We will not only learn to do something properly; we will understand God better by knowing wisdom. An important thing to do in every aspect of our lives, for wisdom will show us every good path.

Discretion will protect you. Understanding will guard you. Not just guide, but guard.

Bible Study on Vocation, Pt. 2

“Wisdom calls aloud in the street, she raises her voice in the public square… How long will you simple love your simple ways? How long will mockers delight in mockery and fools hate knowledge? Repent at my rebuke! Then I will pour out my thoughts to you, I will make known to you my teachings.

But since you refuse to listen when I call and no one pays attention when I stretch out my hand, since you disregard all my advice and do not accept my rebuke, I in turn will mock when calamity overtakes you – when calamity overtakes you like a storm, when disaster sweeps over you like a whirlwind, when distress and trouble overwhelm you.” — extracts from Proverbs 1:20-27

“How long, o naïve ones [you who are easily mislead], will you love being simple-minded and undiscerning? How long will scoffers [who ridicule and deride] delight in scoffing, How long will fools [who obstinately mock truth] hate knowledge?

If you will turn and pay attention to my rebuke, behold I [wisdom] will pour out my spirit on you; I will make my words known to you.

Because I called and you refused to answer, I stretch out my hand and no one has paid attention [to my offer]

And you treated all my council as nothing and would not accept my reprimand, I also will laugh at your disaster; I will mock when your dread and panic come, when your dread and panic come like a storm, and your disaster comes like a whirlwind, when anxiety and distress come upon you [as retribution]” — Amplified version

“Wisdom: in Hebrew is ‘Chokmah’; a feminine noun. Wisdom in war, in technical work, in administration. Shrewdness, cleverness.

a) of God, as a divine attribute or energy

b) the divine wisdom is personified.


he ability to discern inner qualities and relationships: insight. The teachings of the ancient wise men. The right use or exercise of knowledge; the choice of laudable ends, and of the best means to accomplish them. This is wisdom in act, effect of practice. If wisdom is to be considered as a faculty of the mind, it is the faculty of discerning or judging what is most just, proper and useful, and if it is to be considered as an acquirement, it is the knowledge and use of what is best, most just, most proper, most conducive to property or happiness. Wisdom in the first sense, or practical wisdom is nearly synonymous with discretion. Wisdom is the exercise of sound judgment either in avoiding evils or attempting good. — Webster’s 1828 Dictionary

“Christ Himself is Wisdom. Three sorts of persons are here called by Him. 1. Simple ones. Sinners are fond of their simple notions of good and evil, their simple prejudices against the ways of God, and flatter themselves in their wickedness. 2. Scorners. Proud, jovial people, that make a jest of everything. Scoffers at religion, that run down everything sacred or serious. 3. Fools. Those are the worst of fools that hate to be taught, and have a rooted dislike to serious godliness. The precept is plain; Turn you at my reproof. We do not make a right use of reproofs, if we do not turn from evil to that which is good. The promises are very encouraging. Men cannot turn by any power of their own; but God answers, Behold I will pour out My  Spirit on you… The love of Christ, and the promises mingled with His reproofs, surely should have the attention of everyone….Are we yet despisers of wisdom? Let us hearken diligently, and obey the Lord Jesus, that we may enjoy peace of conscience and confidence in God; be free from evil, in life, in death, and forever.” — Matthew Henry 

Verse related to Business — ‘The city gate’ is mentioned throughout the Bible. A place where matters were discussed, wise men and leaders sat and discussed matters. One distinctive time it is mentioned is in Ruth 4:1-12. It is a place of importance. I always thought it was interesting Wisdom called out at the public square and city gate, demonstrating that Wisdom is not hiding, and her call is meant for all to hear.

I include this passage because it is the basis of the proverbs. Wisdom’s call is scattered and flourishing through the proverbs, and can be found anywhere in the Bible.

It is easy to love being simple (or naïve, lacking in knowledge); to be lazy or take an obsession in worldly things that won’t last. It’s like sugar; it won’t last.

It’s also easy to purposefully disregard wisdom; good advice, or your own conscience. Even worse, it is possible – and easy – to mock sound judgment. When one thinks one knows better, you can easily mock someone’s advice. When one knows, deep down, you should follow the sound judgment, it can be easier to mock it than to change your ways.

In this passage, it’s clear that, even when you’re simple and/or a mocker, you can still turn to wisdom. If you continue on your current path, you will eventually fail, but simply because you’re simple doesn’t mean you can’t change.

wisdom will mock when calamity comes. It will mock the situation. It will not mock you.


his situation is true in all of life, including running a business or being employed. We can be given sound advice about running a business or being good employees, and we disregard it.

Then, when ‘calamity’ comes, the sound advice will mock us, and wiser people will learn from the situation.

Bible Study on Vocation, Pt. 1

I started a study on Bible verses helpful for running an online business. What I found is suitable for any job a Christian is employed at, but I direct this specifically to small businesses of all variety. 

There is a wealth of knowledge to be found in the Bible, and tons of stuff that can help you in your small business or regular job. But here’s what I’ve figured out… so far.

I take a look at a verse or passage (always in NIV translation), and then, if I find another translation interesting, I share that as well. And then, because I love to know the meaning of words, I occasionally look into that too, and will share how the verse can be related to running a business as a Christian.

So, here goes.

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline” — Proverbs 1:7

“The [reverent] fear of the Lord [that is, worshipping Him and regarding Him as truly awesome] is the beginning and preeminent part of knowledge [its starting point and its essence]; but arrogant fools despise [skillful and godly] wisdom and instruction and self-discipline” — Amplified version

“Fear as a response to God and His deeds is so important an aspect of Biblical living and faith that Fear actually occurs as an epithet of God Himself. Jacob describes the Lord as the “Fear of Isaac” his father (Gen. 31:42), and suggesting that Isaac had such reverential submission to the Lord that the Lord, to him, was the embodiment of fear. Usually, however, the fear of the Lord is an inducement to obedience and service: to fear God is to do His will. This equation appears most prominently in covenant contexts, especially Deuteronomy, where the appeal is to serve the Lord as evidence of proper recognition of His sovereignty. The Lord as King demands and deserves the awesome respect of His people, a respect that issues in obedient service.”  —- Eugene H. Merril

“The word most often translated in the Old Testament s Fear is the Hebrew word (transliterated as yirah) which can possibly mean fear, but also means Awe, Reverence, respect, and Devotion. A closely related Hebrew word (transliterated as yare) which can mean fearful, but also means to stand in awe, reverence or honor.”

“Knowledge: A clear and certain perception of that which exists, or of truth and fact; the perception of the connection and agreement, or disagreement and repugnancy of our ideas. Learning; illumination of mind.” — Webster 1828 Dictionary

“Discipline: Education; instruction; cultivation and improvement, comprehending instruction in arts, sciences, correct sentiments, morals and manners, and due subordination to authority. Correction; chastisement; punishment intended to correct crimes or errors” — Webster 1828 Dictionary

“Fools are persons who have no true wisdom, who follow their devices, without regard to reason, or reverence for God. Children are reasonable creatures, and when we tell them what we must do, we must tell them why. But they are corrupt and wilful, therefore with the instruction there is need of a law. Let Divine truths and commands be to us most honorable; let us value them, and then they shall be so to us.” — Matthew Henry

Proverbs 1:7 related to business: to fear (reverently respect) the Lord is how you can expect to gain wisdom. Everyone wants to succeed in life with as few failures or difficulties as possible.

I always found it interesting that, if you want to gain knowledge, you need to fear the Lord, and give Him the honor and respect due to Him.

Proverbs 1:5-7 says: “Let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance for understanding proverbs and parables, the sayings and riddles of the wise. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.”

Therefore, the fear of the Lord is the beginning of understanding anything worth knowing about.

Furthermore, fearing the Lord and understanding His word and will is how to learn what is worth understanding, and what is a waste of time. This can be understood elsewhere in the Bible.

“Fools despise wisdom and discipline”… is not only an indication of what you are if you do not fear the Lord, it also suggests that if you do not fear the Lord, you are in direct opposition to the Lord. There is no in-between. Again, this is evident elsewhere in the Bible (Mark 9:38-41)

A Change of Subject

Hello everyone!

It’s been such a long time since I’ve been here that I’m having to re-learn the whole thing. Fun. LOL

I took a look at my about page, before updating it. Wow, things have changed.

For the moment my writing ‘career’ seems to be at a standstill.

It’s been very had to admit that – I love writing, and it helps me immensely. I will continue to write, in the hopes that I will get past this writer’s block, if that’s what you can call it. But I feel like I need to reinvent my writing style and thought process before I go on.

I wrote a few stories that seemed to be pretty epic – if also extremely flawed and full of holes of the plot variety. But that seemed to drain my writing creativity, which I never expected.

So now, I am going to move on to other things, at least for the time being. I will be sharing my study into running an Etsy shop as a Christian. What I’ve found has been extremely interesting and game-changing, so I am looking forward to sharing it with you.

Starting on Monday, I will be sharing my notes and thoughts on the subject. I hope you will join me on the journey.

Chapter Endings and Cliff-Hangers

It’s been a while since I’ve written here. To do a brief catch-up, I am doing camp NaNoWriMo this month, and my novel is titled, for now, Three Ways to Death. It’s about an assassin person who is sent to retrieve a deadly weapon from inside the minds of three comatose people. (I know, it probably sounds like Inception, but I actually have more of Interstellar on my playlist)

I haven’t been very easily inspired to write here, and I especially like it when I can write about some curiosity in writing that I feel like talking about. And I have just run into one, and so I gladly took the chance to write here, sense I’ve been wanting to do another post, but I’ve been unable to come up with something to write that I would be interested in reading.

I was just finishing my first chapter (a bit later than I liked) at the point when my character was going to go into the shared mind of the three people. I came to an interesting dilemma of how to end the chapter. Actually it wasn’t a dilemma, because I had automatically wanted to end the chapter when he left the real world, and before he was going to enter the ‘dream’ world. However, here is where I could have easily ended the chapter:

“Are you all ready?”

“You tell me,” Anear said. He then suddenly asked, “What can I expect to find when I get there? Will I actually see and communicate with Proven, Kindle and Merrick?”

“I really don’t know. Alright, if you’re ready…” she started typing on a keyboard.

Anear clenched his jaw, and closed his eye, uncertain of what to expect.

“I’m switching you over,” she said, hesitantly.

Anear heard a final button pushed and then all reality seemed to change.

The chapter could have ended here, creating a nice finish in itself. You’re left wondering what ‘reality’ will change to and what will happen next.

However, after I’d considered ending the chapter here, I decided that it didn’t actually create the tension I wanted. For one thing, it is already technically known what’s going to happen next- there can’t be that many options when you go into a shared brain thing (speaking in science-fiction terms, of course). There was also the fact that it sounded too much like many of my other chapter endings. (also, being the writer, I knew there was a twist coming later on, when the chapter would begin as I planned)

So, I went ahead and continued the chapter, finishing with:

He had experienced such a thing once, a long time ago, when he was a kid and had fallen from his family home’s balcony. When he’d woken, for several minutes nothing had made any sense; he didn’t know who or where he was and the world didn’t seem real. It was like that, only it had occurred all at once.

What followed next was the world fell away, and a drowsiness came over him that was so powerful and unexpected that he gave into it immediately.

The blackness that came afterwards was of kind unlike even the deepest sleep. There was complete nothingness with no thought. It lasted to the point that Anear could’ve been dead.

Then Anear got past the blackness, and he found himself in a different place.

Now, I’m not actually sure if it creates the same tension the other ending would have had. Finishing with a statement that Anear was in a different place is a little obvious- after all, what else would you expect? But I feel that it doesn’t expect the reader to be amazed at the change. By adding this, I have got the reader past the ‘cliff-hanger’ and now on a comfortable ledge; I’ve gone further by introducing the fact that, at the very beginning of the next chapter, he will be elsewhere. And, though I haven’t said it, the blackness is compared to being deeper than sleep, practically death, and then Anear got somewhere beyond that deathlike nothingness.

The question is now, is beginning the chapter with:

He looked around, and saw that there was a vast, stormy sea around him. It seemed to be sunset, and the light was spreading all across the sky, great powerful clouds alight in orange, deep gray and pink that seemed almost to reach the sea.

– a disappointment, or is it a good disappointment, making the reader want to go on and understand what’s happening?

Ribbons on Our Streets

I don’t actually know what the rest of the world- or at least the USA- is saying or thinks about the recent tragedy of Gregg “Nigel” Benner’s death. I live in the city where it happened- within a couple miles of it- so the perspective is different, not to mention the fact that it’s quite possible I may have seen or met this police officer. He certainly sounds like the sort of person you wish you did know.
As I was saying, I don’t know what the rest of the world is seeing, but I’m pretty sure you’ve seen a lot about Benner and this whole tragedy. Well, inevitably it will fade, and a tiny bit of you will be glad. It’s not that you don’t care, it’s just that it’s painful and other things come up.
Well, I ask that you continue praying for the family and friends, as well as his fellow police officers. And, go ahead and write down his name in your calendar in some later month, and maybe at the end of the year and well into the next, because this man is in the forefront of many peoples hearts.

Ribbons in Our Hair

These ribbons are tied all along the procession route These ribbons are tied all along the procession route

This last Thursday was the funeral for Gregg “Nigel” Benner, the first police officer in the history of our young city to be killed in the line of duty. It was a terrible tragedy. Officer Benner lost his life on Memorial Day, a dreadful irony; and our city is so young that everything seemed to work together in smooth humdrum bureaucracy, and has now grown up, as our pastor said.

A flag adorns a cherry picker along the procession route A flag adorns a cherry picker along the procession route

The community in our young, humdrum city has come together in our shock. They say we’re tight-knit. It’s funny that a city this size can be tight-knit!

Here is the memorial, that grew quickly to overflowing. Here is the memorial, that grew quickly to overflowing.

There was a procession after the funeral, with everyone encouraged to line the streets and “Stand up for Officer Benner.” Apparently the turnout was pretty…

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