Thursday, April 14, 2011

Another Day Older and Deeper in Debt

"In all toil there is profit, but mere talk
tends only to poverty."
Proverbs 14:23

Tennessee Ernie Ford once sang a song whose chorus went like this:

You load sixteen tons, and what do you get?
Another day older and deeper in debt.
Saint Peter, don't you call me 'cause I can't go--
I owe my soul to the company store!

According to this song, no matter what he did, he still owed his soul to the company store. But as we look at the Proverbs, it appears that perhaps he was busier writing about himself than he was doing his work!

My mother spent many years working as a clerk at J.C. Penney.
She said when she was very young, one day when there
were no customers around, she asked her manager
if there was anything she could do.
He said to her,

"Look around.
Never just stand there.
Always find something that you can do."

She always remembered that, and obviously
reminded me to do the same!

There is much to be done in life. Hard work for our husbands,
who provide for their households. Much, much never-ending
labor for the homemaker and mom, ministry
to the needy and to those who have no hope spiritually.

"In all toil there is profit."

We may not see the fruit of some of our labors until eternity,
particularly in the labors to win souls, but God has promised profit.

"But mere talk tends only to poverty."

I've must quit talking and get busy!

Laboring together,


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