“Now Eliab his oldest brother heard when he spoke to the men; and Eliab’s anger was aroused against David, and he said, ‘Why did you come down here? And with whom have you left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know your pride and the insolence of your heart, for you have come down to see the battle.’ And David said, ‘What have I done now? Is there not a cause?'” (1 Samuel 17:28-29 NKJV).

A lot of Asian youth enjoy T-shirts, just as do Americans. One that caught my eye somewhere said, “I am not lazy – I am selectively motivated.” I suspect that most of us might wear that shirt honestly. When it comes to things we really care about we can be quite energetic. Other things, well maybe not so much. Continue reading “Motives”

Making preparations

“Now David said, ‘Solomon my son is young and inexperienced, and the house to be built for the Lord must be exceedingly magnificent, famous and glorious throughout all countries. I will now make preparation for it.’ So David made abundant preparations before his death” (1 Chronicles 22:5 NKJV).

I have attended several gatherings of missionaries (some prefer “evangelists in foreign lands”) and one common characteristic of a great majority of those present is white hair. Most (thankfully not all) missionaries in the church today are well past middle age.

A common theme of such meetings is the need to replace ourselves with younger workers. While that is essential, David taught us by example another necessity. We must also provide from our experience and accumulated resources the tools, materials, and knowledge that the younger generation must have to be successful. Continue reading “Making preparations”