If you’re ever looking for a cool trip, the Ark Encounter is one I would highly recommend. When you hear about the story in the Bible, it’s hard to imagine how big the ark was. We could see this from a couple miles away, that is when I knew this this was huge. They built it to spec per the Bible. It gives you a whole new perspective of the Bible story. The Creation Museum is also close by. It’s worth checking out too.
To see a few more pics from the hike go to my instagram here.
It’s a great time of year with the trees starting to bud out (minus the allergies), flowers starting to spring up, and the grass starting to get green. It’s good to get out and enjoy the outdoors. Get some fresh air. Why is it good to get out in the fresh air?
Fresh air has health benefits. It has been shown to help with food digestion, improve blood pressure, and build a strong immune system.
Increases your happiness. Higher levels of positive emotions were associated with less smoking, more physical activity, and more sleep quality.
Fresh air cleans your lungs. Fresh air causes the airways of your lungs to dilate more and improves the cleansing lung action.
Associated with more energy and more focused mind. Research has shown up to 90% increase in energy.
- Seepter, Urmet. “6 Important Health Benefits Of Fresh Air I Good Relaxation.” Good Relaxation, 21 Nov. 2014, goodrelaxation.com/2012/01/health-benefits-of-fresh-air/.
- Wise, Abigail. “Why Getting Fresh Air Is So Good For You.” The Huffington Post, TheHuffingtonPost.com, 8 Aug. 2014, www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/08/tk-ways-fresh-air-impacts_0_n_5648164.html.
- Sample, Ian. “Weekend workouts can benefit health as much as regular exercise, say researchers.” The Guardian. Guardian News and Media, 09 Jan. 2017. Web. 10 Mar. 2017.
Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me –Proverbs 30:8
In Matthew 6:11 it says, “Give us this our daily bread.” This is representative of our need to have basic provisions. We should always pray to have enough income to meet personal and family needs, to further God’s work, and to give to those in need
In a previous post, “Raining Money Doesn’t Grow a Great Life” I discussed how many times we get caught up in making money and working ourselves to death, and we lose out on time with God, family, and friends. We lose our balance in life. Being at the extremes of money, i.e poverty or rich, tends to make people focused on money. It becomes a god to them.
God wants us to be building relationships, not tirelessly working. In Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8, God says there is a time for everything. There is a very delicate balance in life. Look at our own bodies, there are compounds, say potassium, that are needed for the everyday function of our lives. Potassium is vital in how our nerve cells send signals (click here, if you want to see how it works). Yet, if our potassium levels get out of whack, that can cause some serious issues, including death.
Proverbs 30:8 is talking about money and provisions, I think that meaning can go a bit further. We should have a balanced life. A balanced diet is thrown around a lot, and there is a lot of merit in that. We need nutrients from all sorts of foods. The same is with our whole life, we need balance. Too much play is just as bad as too much work. Too much money is as bad as not enough. Too much food is just as dangerous as too little food. Too much family can be just as bad as never being around family.
We have to have balance in our lives. This allows us to focus on the good instead of what comes from excess or drought extremes. When we are in need of something, our mind is focused on getting it. When we are in excess of something our mind is focused on getting more or keeping it. When we’re in the middle, we have what we need to sustain, and can focus on our relationship with God.
I love to read biographies. I actually have a goal to read a biography about every US president, and I currently have 23 read. It is important to read about history, it gives an understanding on how our current events were influenced or shaped. It’s also good to learn to see where people excelled and where they failed, then learn from that. I honestly have a whole bookshelf of just biographies.
Here are my top 5 biographies I’ve read (in no special order):
“Grant” by Ron Chernow
“The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt” by Edmund Morris
“Warlord A Life of Winston Churchill At War 1874-1945” by Carlo D’Este
“Robert Morris: Financier of the American Revolution” by Charles Rappleye
“Catherine The Great: Portrait of a Woman” by Robert K. Massie
Many seek the ruler’s favour; but every man’s judgement commeth from the Lord. Proverbs 29:26
We have all seen it in the workplace, those people that always sucking up to the boss. They can’t do enough to please their boss. In fact, they become slaves to what their boss wants. Should we be helpful to our bosses? Yes, as men we need to be good employees. We need to work hard. But we should always remember that the Lord is the one that will have the final judgment on our life. At the end it will not matter what our bosses think, only what God thinks.
We should do our jobs and be hard workers, but we should always remember that what we do is for the Lord.
Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger, and not thine own lips. Proverbs 27:2
How many times to we find ourselves praising ourselves about something we did or something we can do? We love to tell people how great we are. In reality, we’re not that great, all of our abilities come from God. All of our opportunities come from God.
As men (or ladies) we need to be humble. Let other people talk of our accomplishments, but when that happens, don’t go around and tell people about what that person said, then it’s just as bad as you praising yourself. It’s hard, I know. Just the other day, someone at work made a nice compliment about me. What did I catch myself doing? Tell others what this person had said. We like ourselves a whole lot, an we want to tell people how great we are. Many times we sound like a fool. Most of the things we brag about are not nearly as great as we think they are.
Why should we be humble? Our role here is to glorify God, and if we’re always talking about ourselves and putting ourselves at the center of everything, then glorifying God is not happening. Being humble knows that we have many flaws and that our abilities come from God. Humbleness, is not beating ourselves up, saying how bad we are, but placing the praise where it truly belongs; and that’s with God.
Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth. Proverbs 27:1
I’m a planner, I have my life planned out and in my mind I know how it’s going to go. Reality is that I have no clue what is going to happen in 10 years, a year, a month, a week, a day, an hour, or even a few seconds from now. Although we should plan for the future, we should not be consumed by it. As stated in Proverbs 27:1 says, we do not know what will happen tomorrow.
Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow: for what is your life? It is even a vopour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. James 4:14
Our life is nothing but vapor in the general scheme of things. We see vapor as we’re boiling water. It rises from the pot and then within a few seconds vanishes into the air not to be noticed anymore. So what does this mean in regards to our life?
Just like the vapor vanishes into the air, so will our legacy. Yes, there will be some people that are remembered in history, but most of us, after a couple of generations nobody will remember who we are. How much we have obtained (see http://manofproverbs.com/raining-money-doesnt-grow-a-great-life/) over the years. The old saying you can’t take it with you is true, in fact, it is more like they’re going to take it from you
Live now! We all have regrets in life. I wish I would have tried harder in college, I wish I would have been more outgoing and involved, but at times I was afraid or I was too busy saying I have time. Now that I’m 10+ years out of college, I’m starting to realize that time is soooooo valuable and most my fears were trivial. I think about all the time I wasted, doing absolutely nothing.
Our vapor of a life is only a few set years here on earth. Some of us may only have a couple of years, some of us may have 100 years, but we don’t know. Time is so precious, it’s more precious than money, silver, or gold. We need to make what we do count. Quit wasting time with people that don’t care for you. Stop wasting time not accomplishing something. This is why I’m not a fan of video games, it drains hours of time from you when you only meant to play for a few minutes. I haven’t played video games for 5+ years and I don’t miss it. I’ve accomplished so much more with that time. Build your relationships, build your marriage, spend time with your kids, help with your community . . .do something productive.
Tomorrow may not be the same. We could easily end up in an accident that limits our abilities. . . what regrets would you have?
Take away the dross from the silver, and there shall come forth a vessel for the finer. Proverbs 25:4
Just how silver has to be purified to get rid of the impurities, that’s how God is with us. We’re dirty, wicked, prideful, self-centered, and the list goes on. When silver is mined, it has many impurities, it has dirt and it has to be heated so that the impurities rise up and can be knocked off. If you were to look at silver that had just been mined out of the ground, it would not look like what it does after it has been made into something valuable.
If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work. 2 Timothy 2:21
Just as the finer has to work the silver to make something beautiful, that’s what God has to do with us. He has to knock the impurities, sin, off of us. We have to be willing to let the impurities be knocked off of us so that we can be made into something precious.
We also need to realize that everyone is dirty silver that needs the dross knocked off. We’re no better than anyone else. It’s easy to see all the defects and impurities in a person, but we need to see what the potential is. We need to see this in a spiritual basis, but everyday life. We’re not perfect, none of us are, but so many people have potential if someone would invest in them and help knock the dross off. Who are you investing in to reach their potential? Who are we mentoring? This is how we change the next generation!
“Labour not to be rich: cease from thine own wisdom” Proverbs 23:4
So many today have have fallen into the trap of wanting to be wealthy. Money is nice to have, but it’s a tool. Most Americans could not handle a $400 emergency. That’s sad and worrisome, because $400 dollars is not much in today’s money. Having a tooth worked on, something going wrong with your car or house, or a pet getting sick could easily amount to $400 plus. People are living beyond their means. Trying to impress their neighbors and friends and spending their paychecks as soon as they get them.
“But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.” 1Timothy 6:10
How many times have we seen on the news that some music celeb or a sports star coming out of college and going into the pros gets a lot of money thrown at them and their life crumbles after a few years. Money brings a lot of troubles with it. It separates us from depending on God. It brings the wrong people into our lives. It seems to bring addictions into peoples lives, whether that be drugs, gambling, or something else
Once again, money is not bad, it is a tool. It’s a tool to live our lives on earth. As Proverbs 23:4 says, “Labour not to be rich. . . ” Why? Because if our whole goal is to be rich, what is our end game? How much is enough? Is $1 million enough? Or is it enough until we get close to that number and then we think we need $2 million? Humans are not good at being content, we want more. What we have is not enough. Our neighbor gets a more expensive car, then we have to get a better car. Our buddy moves to a new section of town with a bigger house, we have to move to a nicer neighborhood.
All this leads to is us wanting to be richer, so then we get a better paying job, or keep getting promoted so we keep earning a higher paycheck. But what are the consequences? More hours, more stress, being tired, health issues, etc. What does this do to our family life? What does it do to our quality of life? Most importantly, what does it do to our relationship with God? In many of those cases that all start to deteriorate.
Money and working hard is not bad at all. Some very good people have been blessed to be wealthy. They do amazing things with the money they have been blessed with. It’s how we let money and work impact our life. We should work hard and make a living, but we have to keep God first in our lives. He will provide for our needs, maybe not our wants, but our needs. We should pray that God meets our needs. We should also be wise stewards of what God has given us. If we waste what he has given us, why would he bless us with more? At the end of our lives, are we going to remember all the money we made or will we remember all the time we lost with our loved ones, trying to make that money? Time is our most valuable resource, not money!
Building this really wasn’t that hard, it is all constructed of 2×4’s. To build the top part, I planed down some of the 2×4’s and then used the chop saw to cut the 2×4 every two inches. After doing that, you glue the blocks together with Titebond III (that’s my preferred glue). After you get a bunch those blocks glued in strips, you plane them and then glue the strips together and clamp them together. I usually give it 24 hours. I then run those through the planer. Then you just start adding pieces together until you have the table as big as you want. Nothing fancy on the table bottom, just have to make it sturdy enough to hold that top, which has some weight to it.
I actually built this without drawing up any plans, so I was glad it turned out as well as it did. I like building without plans, yeah it doesn’t go well all the time, but sometimes you end up making something more unique than if you had plans.
Proverbs 16:3 – Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established