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On the surface, Solomon simply provides some sage advice about honey that one may happen upon unexpectedly. If you eat too much of it all at once, you'll get sick. So, enjoy your honey, but know your limits. Of course, by Solomon's time, honey had become a stock image for anything that was good and pleasurable. Thus, we might rephrase this proverb, as follows: The pleasures of this life should be enjoyed in moderation, because too much of a good pleasure leads to bad consequences. This principle is applied elsewhere in Scripture with respect to other good gifts from the Lord, including friendship, wine and food, work and wealth, family, and sleep. Yet, we must be careful to recognize that this proverbs is not teaching, "Everything in moderation." Indeed, the Scriptures point to some things (e.g. sin) that should be avoided altogether, while other things (e.g. loving the Lord and others) that should be done in excess. However, with respect to the pleasures of this life, the exhortation of this proverb is clear. Keep pleasures in their place. Enjoy them, but don't overindulge or overpursue. Instead, we find elsewhere in Scripture, that we must keep the Lord and His Kingdom as the main thing. When we do that, we will enjoy the pleasures of this life as they were meant to be enjoyed. We will even find that the pleasures of this life can become arenas and vehicles for carrying out the mission to which we are called.
What does it mean to be a Christian mother, father and child? A Christians employee, employer? Ephesians 6:1-9 gives us some guiding principles.
Ronnie explains this simple principle through the anagram Show wise initiative; Help others succeed; Improve yourself daily; No excuses for unreliability; Express the light of Christ. When in our working lives we need to have answers for fish hope in hard times honorable behavior and exemplary compassion.
What would Jesus do about the pace of His life? He worked, he related (relationships were an integral part of His life) and he spent time in purposeful privacy. Don't think Balance, think Rhythm. In other words release killer expectations, and think in terms of seasons and stages. Oscilate work and rest.
We will look at four specific and measurable ways the Christian faith impacts our careers and actually makes them, whatever and wherever they are, more of a calling. Work can be both fulfilling and frustrating, and my aim is to help you be more fulfilled in your calling.
Ronnie discusses how we are made to work. Work is the creation of value and intrinsically is good and God honoring. It serves the community by offering goods and services and the individual with opportunities to use their God given gifts and talents. However we are to work with integrity. do solid work, care for the people around us and move into the space that God provides.
The church is called to love one another and to love those outside the church by behaving in ways that commend their lives to the world.