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Guarding the Henhouse

It is so difficult to find willing and knowledgeable workers. So, when we needed help to guard the henhouse we looked for workers who were willing and knowledgeable about hens. One applicant was a very willing worker. It was Mr. Fox.

We explained our plight in having difficulty finding willing and knowledgeable guards. Mr. Fox was very understanding and was quick witted and sharp. Not to mention that he had a great deal of interest in hens and seemed to know a very much about the subject of henhouses. It seems that he had picked up some experience about this subject over the years.

He was impeccably dressed. Always, he wore an auburn suit with a contrasting white accent. He was bright-eyed and alert. He was impressive, to be sure.

And also, he was so pleased that we asked him to be one of the guards. He quickly volunteered to be on duty during the late night and early morning watches. Those are the most difficult times to find guards. How impressive! How comforting to know that the henhouse is being protected when we are sleeping.

Sadly, there were some who did not seem impressed with his credentials. They even questioned our judgment in hiring him. It took a lot of effort to dispel their concerns. Fortunately we had enough votes to over-ride their objections. Actually, we had to remove those stubborn individuals who persisted in demanding that we not hire Mr. Fox.

Now we can rest in peace knowing that the hens are safe and in good hands.

A Good Name

A good name is better than precious ointment,
And the day of death than the day of one’s birth;
Better to go to the house of mourning
Than to go to the house of feasting,
For that is the end of all men;
And the living will take it to heart.
Sorrow is better than laughter,
For by a sad countenance the heart is made better.
The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning,
But the heart of fools is in the house of mirth.
It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise
Than for a man to hear the song of fools.
For like the crackling of thorns under a pot,
So is the laughter of the fool.
This also is vanity.
Surely oppression destroys a wise man’s reason,
And a bribe debases the heart.
Ecclesiastes 7:1-7

Girls are Not the Enemy

The “Two Monks” story could have been about any two men. The difference in the men is striking. They had different views of women, and of themselves.

Girls are not the enemy. Girls are beautiful creations of the Creator God. Men and women are created to be complementary parts of the human creation. Neither are to be exploited by the other. Neither are to be shunned by the other. Neither are to be used by the other. We are part and parcel of God’s plan for His creation. We are here as heirs together of His grace. We are here to live and love and respect each other.

When men are not real men they go either of two ways. Either they exploit the women or they stay away from them and see them as seductresses (whether the women have that self-perception or not). How sad can this be? What is the Godly way for men and women to relate?

Girls and women are waiting and longing for men who are real men: strong, safe, caring, compassionate, conversant, respecting and protecting. Men with real love who see the beauty of the heart in spite of any externals. Girls long for real men whom they could trust on the remotest island on the darkest night.

Real men see the beauty of the Creator in the beauty of the creation. They grieve for the pain that is caused by the dysfunction and abuse of God’s ideal. Real men are engaged in restoring that ideal. Real men respect all girls and women.

Most men, on the other hand, fall into the two above mentioned categories. Monk or preacher, teacher or mechanic, physician or physicist. Men are men and they need to see the hand of the Creator in the creation. Regardless of their station in life they need to see themselves as men of God first, before any other self-perceptions, earned or endowed.

The ideal is for men and women of all ages to honor each other and live Godly lives together on this planet. Married or single, we honor and respect each other. We do not fear each other. We complement each other in many ways and at all times. That is God’s plan

So, one monk can see the girl as an enemy who might make him fall into sin in fact or in thought.

The other monk can see the girl as a real person with a real need and meet that need with absolutely no thought of expectation of improper compensation. May his tribe increase.

Two Monks

Two monks were walking along. One old and one young. They came to a deep stream where a teenage girl was wanting to cross. The older monk crossed and walked ahead. The younger monk picked up the girl and carried her across. He then caught up with the older monk. They walked together silently for a mile.

The older monk spoke first. “Brother, we do not do things like that!” He went on to lecture the young man about proprieties.

Eventually the younger man responded: Brother,
“I put the girl down a mile ago. Are you still carrying her?”

Do Not Grieve the Spirit

And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
Ephesians 4:30

Reconciliation

Do not try to reconcile with other persons until -
You have  reconciled with God.
You must make reconciliation with the Truth of God.
You must make reconciliation with the God of Truth.
Until you have done that you will never make reconciliation with people.
Reconciliation must be on the basis of Truth.
All else will fail the grace of the God of Truth.

Peace or Tribulation

These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace.
In the world you will have tribulation;
But be of good cheer,
I have overcome the world.
John 16:33

Jesus promised the Holy Spirit to be the Spirit of Truth for His followers.

The world will not accept this Truth.

Therefore, His followers will have tribulation in the world.

Sometimes we have tribulation in the Church.
That happens when we do not follow the Spirit of Truth.
That happens because we allow the world into the Church.

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