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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. 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 Different Side to My Life

Well, Camp NaNoWriMo is over, which actually means a lot of things. First of all, I made my goal for my story, which is technically not much of an accomplishment. I had to reduce the word count by 10,000 because I wasn’t going to make it (in other words I cheated) and I didn’t finish my story (not a first-time). Hopefully I’ll go on with it too, because I was enjoying it, even if it’s a pretty tough exercise. I write science-fiction, that’s where I’m comfortable. So, I decided to write a fairy tale, and I’m really enjoying it, but- wow- it is a change!

Now, the significance of Camp NaNo ending is that writing is a big part of my life and, I hope, some day, it will be a career, which is why I was not working on a different side of my life until April was over. Now, I will be concentrating on the other side of my life for a while, and hopefully that won’t let me stop my writing of Ion’s Way– my latest story.

Now, I’ve already given a slight introduction to the other side of my life- that is my Etsy shop. I’m taking my sewing career very seriously- really, I am, even if there are only about 4 things on my shop!

One of the things I’ve had to put off until now is a blog that I am co-writing with my sisters, who also have Etsy shops. This blog, entitled Ribbons in Our Hair, will be focusing more upon our Etsy life, our creative endeavors and probably everything else. I’m definitely hoping to be able to get to know some of the people I hope to sell to, and talk more in detail about what I make!

So please go ahead and check it out! And, especially if you know anyone who’s interested, tell them about it!

Here’s a link to our blog: https://ribbonsinourhair.wordpress.com/

And, just in case anyone is interested in checking out our individual Etsy shops, here is my elder sister (Abigail’s) Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheRaisinFairy

My other sister (Hannah) Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/Annavania

And my own Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/SallySewing

Have fun looking around!