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Work Week

In the US, we have established a 5 day work week. The Bible says that, “Six days do your work, but on the seventh day do not work.” (Ex 23:12 et al.) If my work day is 8 hours, that means I should be working approximately 48 hours each week. Interestingly enough that is almost the average work week for Americans. It seems to me that this is enough to prosper me (meaning meeting my needs plus having some extra to pay off debt, or to put away for savings). In my mind, this is a gauge. If I am working less than this, I am being a bit indulgent. I am not a driven person, but this is a good benchmark for me. If I am working less than 48 hours in a week, I am spending too much time in areas that are not profitable to me. With working 48 hours/week I still have time for devotions, family time, and house maintenance (and a blog once in a while!). But after that, most every other activity I do, I could probably live without. Unfortunately, with my remaining time I tend to do things that are not profitable. So, instead of an hour of TV, how about a brisk walk? Instead of perusing Facebook pages, how about getting into a real book’s pages?
I just think that in a society that focuses on entertainment, the children of the Most High should be different than the children of the world.
But that’s just me.
Blessings.

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God’s Love Lived Out

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According to 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a, love is …

  1. Patient – longsuffering, puts up with a lot before it suffers
  2. Kind – gentle, affectionate
  3. Not envious – at peace and contentment with others
  4. Does not boast – does not talk of themselves
  5. Not proud – humble, does not need to be heard
  6. Does not dishonor others – to esteem, show respect
  7. Not self-seeking – encourages others’ best interest
  8. Not easily angered – not edgy, but soft with others
  9. Keeps no record of wrongs – no inventory of wrongs done, everyone is a new friend every meeting
  10. Does not delight in evil – wants good, even to bad people
  11. Rejoices with the truth – honest
  12. Always protects – lit. “cover by silence,” or “keep confidential”
  13. Always trusts – believes in the good of others
  14. Always hopes – confidence in others’ future
  15. Always perseveres – continues in spite of set backs
  16. Never fails – victorious

My interpretation of these verses is, a person who lives in love does not get ruffled, but is gentle, and at peace with others’ successes.  The loving are humble, good with being in the background, and highly respecting those around them.  They help other people excel, and are not edgy but soft with others.  They treat others as if they had never done wrong.  They want every ones’ good, and they cover for their weaknesses.  It believes people want to be good, is confident in their future, and never gives up on them.

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