Today’s Scrip-Bit 4 April 2020 Genesis 3:19a.

Genesis 3:19a.    ​In the sweat of thy face (brow), thou shalt eat bread.

Prologue: Yes, it’s long and somewhat late, but it makes good Saturday reading when you’re locked down. (smile) Much LOVE!

And the days move slowly along – at least in our estimation, because many of us are locked up at home. But the truth is that time is still moving at the same speed it has from the day the Lord created it. It’s just our perception of it, according to our prevailing circumstances, that seems to make it change speed. And these days of social distancing and lack of much physical communication have surely shown that we’re truly a social animal and do like physical communication, although when we had it, we never really treasured it. 

Too much of our communication was just through social media and loneliness was still a big problem. Now that we can’t, or shouldn’t gather together in large groups, we’re finally finding out the usefulness of physical togetherness. But as the duchess likes to tell me when I complain about time moving so fast: ‘Well, just sit down there and think time waiting on you nuh!’ And it surely isn’t waiting on any of us friends, so please, lets get it together and keep making the most of the time we have, even under these less than satisfactory circumstances. 

And now it’s time for the big reveal! (smile) Yes my people, it’s Saturday – all day long, as the duchess would say – so it’s time to look at the quotes our friend Anselm sent us this past week, as he aspires to inspire us for a better tomorrow. And since we’ve got a whole slate, it might take some time. (smile) Anyway, the first one declares: ‘They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.’ Now I don’t know how true that really is nuh, because circumstances happen to us unexpectedly and do change our lives without us having to do anything about them. 

And a good example of that is this current Covid-19 pandemic. Nobody saw or expected it, and look at how many billions of lives it’s changed so far. And believe me, it will change a lot of things and people before it ends. So though we might have to change a lot of things ourselves to get them changed, life will also change a lot of it for us. And the second quote continues the philosophical bent. (smile) ‘We do not learn from experience … we learn from reflecting on experience.’ 

And I suppose if we get really technical, that could be true, for though many of us may go through the same experience, not all of us will learn from it. To learn from it, I guess we have to sit down and specifically reflect on the experience and see what we can gather from it to make future life more productive and positive. Then the next quote tells us: ‘The man who has done his best has done everything.’ Well I certainly hope so! But methinks (smile) that the operative word in that sentence is ‘everything.’ Does it mean he’s done ‘everything’ that’s in his power, or has he done ‘everything’ that could be done in the prevailing situation? 

And I have to chuckle here as I think about how the Lord God and my friend Anselm have gotten me into these unexpected Saturday jousts. I never really intend or expected them to be a part of the Bit; they just seemed to morph into it. But then I always have to say, ‘Thank You Lord!’ because every week when I face the battery of quotes, and have no idea how to handle them, He always makes a way for me, where I think there’s no way! And you all wonder why I insist that we serve a mighty, merciful and ever-faithful God eh! I just had to throw in God’s overwhelming faithfulness there. (smile) 

But moving right along; the next quote proclaims: ‘Your life mirrors what you put into it or withhold from it. When you are lazy, it is lazy. When you hold back, it holds back. When you hesitate, it stands there staring, hands in its pockets. But when you commit, it comes on like blazes.’ Now I won’t say that when you put in real effort, it ALWAYS comes on like blazes, because I’ve had several experiences where I’ve done good and serious work, but the things I worked on surely didn’t come on like blazes. (smile) 

But in general, the quote is certainly true. We usually see the effort we put out being rewarded proportionally to that effort. So if we put out much, we usually get back much, and if we put out little we get back little. And sadly, so many of us put out no effort at all, but expect to be rewarded, and mightily too. That leads us to this last quote, the darling of them all! (smile) ‘LOVE your calling with passion. It is the meaning of your life.’ And is that ever so true friends! For if you’re not rather passionate about what the Lord has put in your heart, or what you desire to do, then it will seldom ever turn out to be as successful as it could be. 

There’s just something about passion that drives our engines and makes us work harder than we’d normally do. And unfortunately, in these modern times there’s a dearth, a terrible lack of passion in our society! Everybody wants the best of everything without investing any sweat in it. But friends, without real sweat, real effort, we’d just be ordinary, mediocre mortals. I remember always being biblically reminded that by, ‘In the sweat of thy face (brow), thou shalt eat bread.’ That’s what the Lord told Adam when He kicked him out of the Garden of Eden for his foolish disobedience. 

That means friends, we won’t be successful unless we work hard, be passionate about whatever we undertake, and for our whole lives too, as the rest of that sentence and verse in the Good Book says: ‘till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.’ (Gen. 3:19) And if you’ll notice, all the great inventors, all experienced failure, of times lots of it, but they never gave up, they kept the passion, the fires of their dreams alive and  burning brightly, and continued until they were successful. 

Read the histories of people like Walt Disney, Henry Ford and Thomas Edison and you’ll see that it was their passion for their projects that caused them to keep keeping on. And we too as believers need to have that passion both for our earthly project and for Jesus; an undying and ever present faith that He is who He says He is, and will do what He says He will do. And the Good Book is also a wonderful place to see passion in action. Look at Moses, Bruh David, Bruh Paul, and Jesus himself! They all lit up their lives with their passion for God, which was their calling. 

Thus my passion for the Bit, (smile) because it’s apparently my calling, and if I’m not passionate about it, I won’t do a good enough job. And we’ll close with this interesting and appropriate verse from James, the brother of Jesus, re the prophet Elijah. ‘Elijah was a man subject to like passions as we are (with a nature like ours), and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth (land) by the space of (for) three years and six months. And he prayed again (earnestly, passionately) and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit.’ (James 5:17-18) 

Oh friends, although Elijah was a great prophet and man of God, he still had to inject earnestness and passion into his prayers for them to be heard and acted upon. Likewise, we have to inject those two important elements into our calling, if we want to see a big smile on the Lord’s face, and hear a bucketful of pride when He welcomes us home with those words we all long to hear: ‘Welcome home, thou good and faithful servant!’ Much LOVE!

…if it’s worth doing…then it’s worth doing passionately…


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