Faith and Unbelief. Day four...
Over thirty years ago, I moved my family from New York State back to Missouri to start a furniture manufacturing business. I risked everything we had to get that business going.
Was that an act of faith? Of course it was. But it was not an act of faith in what God said. It was an act of faith in what I said. I said that I was going to start a business, and by faith in what I said, the business came into reality.
Faith and Unbelief. Day three...
I wonder when man first dreamed of flying. We've come a long ways from the days of attaching men to kites (as did the ancient Chinese) to the days of modern space travel.
Imagine the excitement of the Wright brothers when Orville, in 1903, piloted the first powered aircraft for twelve seconds—the manifestation of the faith that the two brothers had been applying for many years, to their objective of manned flight.
Faith and Unbelief. Day two...
I don't know much about finishing metal products, but I have a great deal of experience in finishing products made with wood. Besides having spent over twenty years of my life in furniture manufacturing, I've done quite a bit of interior construction as well. And a white finish, as far as I'm concerned, is the most difficult finish to apply to any piece of wood—whether on a piece of furniture, a set of kitchen cabinets, or any interior millwork.
The color white shows off everything. Any imperfection in the substrate is magnified. Any foreign matter in the coating stands out like a sore thumb. And every flaw in the application process is quite visible.
Faith and Unbelief. Day one...
“I have lost all faith in humanity!”
Would you want someone who thinks that way teaching your child? Would you want to listen to a preacher with that perspective? Would you want to hire a salesperson with that attitude?
Health and Healing. Day eighty-eight...
I have given you enough material over the last four months to get you started in your journey toward living in the kind of health that Christ died for you to have.
It's now time to move on to another subject. But first I want to leave you with a few thoughts, in review.
Health and Healing. Day eighty-seven
Most of the expectant mothers that I've known (especially the first‐time expectant mothers) have paid close attention to what they eat. It's as if a switch flipped on the inside, leaving them with the realization that it's not all about them—they had a baby to consider whenever any decision was made.
They put a lot of research in learning how to care for the developing bodies of their unborn children through the proper care of their own bodies. They wanted to eat the right foods. And they wanted nothing to do with alcohol or tobacco—even second‐hand smoke.
Health and Healing. Day eighty-six...
How do you feel? Do you feel as good as you imagine those people on the covers of the fitness magazines feel? Or do you feel good, as in relative to how you felt yesterday?
According to Journal of the American Medical Association, seventy percent of the premature deaths in the U.S. are caused by poor nutrition, physical inactivity, or tobacco use. What we eat or otherwise ingest into our bodies definitely affects how we feel.
Health and Healing. Day eighty-five...
As a young boy on the farm, my family ate “from the land.” I don't know all the reasons why, but I'm certain saving money had something to do with it. And I'm equally certain nutrition had nothing to do with it.
Of course, we had a huge garden. (To a small boy whose job was to pull weeds, the rows seemed to be the length of two or three football fields.) But we also ate the meat from animals raised on the farm.
Health and Healing. Day eighty-four...
“Stay out of that!” You're trying to watch your toddler and work at the same time. But neither seems to be going all that great because you just don't have enough brain cells to focus on the task at hand, and give a reasonable answer every time your child responds to your direction with a, “But why?”
At first, you used all the “why” questions as precious teaching moments. But how quickly you reached a tipping point, when the only answer you had the presence of mind for was, “Because I said so!”