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Lookin Thru Bifocals: Don Locke

We each have different work to do; we can it be, “all things to all people.”

We read in Romans 12:2, “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of others, be your own person in all you do and think.” (LB)

We each may have different work to do to make us complete, the Bible tells us, (Romans 12:3) L.B.

A lot of people probably would not want to work in a coal mine. One of my brothers-in-law told me that he worked in an underground coal mine for 21 years, and in an above ground mine for 20 years (41 years). He said, “I never had a day that I did not enjoying my work; I never had a boss I didn’t like.” That’s something!

A friend of mine went to car-dealership school, after college, to learn to work in his family’s car dealership.

He met a man there who had been a medical doctor. The man said, “My dad was a doctor; his dad was a doctor. I was a doctor. I practiced for three years; I know I wasn’t a very good doctor; my heart wasn’t in it. I never liked it.

“All I ever wanted to do was sell cars. My family’s reaction was, ‘say what’!? Are you crazy?

“So, here I am learning to do what I wanted to do.”

Sometimes we must have faith (in God) to step out and do what we are called to do. But of course, you know that.

Being a man, I must have a clear shot at things. My wife Bett will say, from the middle of nowhere, “I heard she died.”

My immediate reply is, “she who?”

I once heard, “a man is mechanical; a woman is nonmechanical,” They seem to know that we men are always aware of what they are thinking. For some years I wrestled with the King James version of the Bible regarding faith:

“Faith is the substance of things hoped for; the evidence of things not seen,” I knew faith was important- “without it, it is impossible to please God.” But what’s that say? (substance, evidence)

Then I looked up faith in the Living Bible (Hebrews 11:1) and got a clean shot, it said; “Faith is the confident assurance that something we want is going to happen. It is the certainty that what we hope for is waiting for us, even though we cannot see it up ahead.” (LB) Isn’t that simple?

Of all the examples of faith, to me Abraham’s faith stands out: God told Abraham to pull up his roots and leave the comfort of his home and health, “and go away and take your kindred, to another land which I promised to give to you (the Promised land). The Living Bible says, “Away he went – not knowing where he was going.”

Abraham’s faith was like and old story of a tight – rope walker.

A fellow saw this tight tope guy walking across above Niagara Falls, coming towards him,

When the rope walker got there, the observer said, “why don’t you push a wheelbarrow across ahead of you going back over. That would really be something. It would make you world famous. I’ll get a wheelbarrow. I have great faith you can do it.”

“You say you have great faith,” said the rope walker, when they were ready.

“Yes, I certainly do!” replied the observer, “I know you can do it.”

“If you have that much faith,” the rope walker said… “then you get into the wheelbarrow.” In essence, Abraham got into the wheelbarrow.

Kindest regards…

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