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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)

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Writer’s Block

We’ve all heard of it. Writer’s block. The dreaded point that every writer comes to some time, when you just can’t figure out what to write. Which is why this probably won’t be a very long post.

A lot of people think that writer’s block is when you don’t know what to write next, and that’s often the case. But I think writer’s block is just whenever you simply can’t write. Sometimes I know what’s going to happen next in a story but there’s something about it that I just can’t go ahead and write.

I am dealing with WB right now- literally. I know I ought to write a post on my blog- but I don’t know what to write. So I decided to take the way out of the problem that I do some times when I realize I’ve written myself into a corner. I climb over the wall- either that or I just sit down and make myself comfortable, which I think would be more accurate a metaphor to my way out of a corner.

Anyway, I realized- or accepted- that this is a kind of writer’s block, in that I can’t figure out what to write here, even though I know I need to write something, and I decided to write about writer’s block. After all, it is a problem every writer has to face, so I may as well talk about it at some point.

So how do I deal with WB? Unfortunately I don’t think there is any one solution that works every time, especially for just anyone. My solution is usually to keep writing, even if I don’t know what’s going to happen next- as I am doing now- and eventually enough comes out so I can just keep going. It’s surprising how often this solution works, actually, so I would recommend it. It’s not always comfortable and some times it’s too annoying to push words out onto a page, but at least something happens.

Now, the only problem with this solution is that it’s temporary. I still have to get myself out of the corner. But I’ve got done what I needed to get done- I posted something. And I think I know what’s causing my WB!

I’ve been writing stories for a while. I like to write stories, and only recently have I taken writing seriously as a career. In fact, I’m still trying to figure out how to do that. And one of the things I want to do here is post parts of my stories. But the idea of actually putting my stories up where anyone can read it is weird and scary.

So, yeah, my Writer’s Block is my own fear, which is basically all that WB is- yourself, making up some sort of problem. But I’m going to get past this WB and I’ll post something from one of my stories up here. I will find something! I will get out of the corner!