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Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Early yesterday morning on the way to a chaplain visit in Lebanon County we drove through Mount Gretna and saw this nice view of Lake Conewago.
"The Value Of The Plodder"
Message summary: Friend, don't be deterred by the difficulties of life, but plod on, one step at a time.
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let us consider the value of a plodder. In regard to walking it means
one who moves heavily or trudges laboriously. But in a more expanded
meaning it is to work or act
perseveringly. A negative aspect that I reject states, "thorough and
hard-working but lacking in imagination or intelligence." Granted, that
in a sense plodders may not be visionary or they lack in inspiration,
but there's no reason to
assert they lack intelligence!
Wiersbe writes, "The word “plod” comes from a Middle English word that means "a puddle.” A "plodder" is someone who is willing to get his feet wet and wade through water and mud to get to his destination. He or she keeps going! History shows us that it is the plodders who finally make it. "By perseverance," said Spurgeon, "the snail reached the ark." In this age of fast food, digests and quick fixes, plodding is not held in high esteem; but it is still the plodders who are getting things done, a day at a time, a step at a time. William Carey sums it up well, “I can plod. I can persevere in any definite pursuit. To this I owe everything.”
Aesop wrote, "Plodding wins the race."
sense, is analogous to the term "pressing on" in our daily texts. God
grace while conforming us to His image all along the way. Many of us
have been on this journey for decades but initially knew little of the
ensuing battle the enemy would launch to recapture our soul, and yet we
plod on mile by mile, knowing that God's strength, power and abiding
Holy Spirit will take us forward to our heavenward goal.
Daily prayer: Father, when we begin our journey with You, we're uncertain of all that lies ahead. We're told in Scripture that if we walk with Christ old things have passed away, and all things have become new. That's because we now align our thoughts and actions according to Scripture; we begin to see through the eyes of Christ; and we press on to the high calling of God in Christ Jesus so that we will receive our future eternal reward laid up for us already in heaven. Keep us steadily plodding, trusting, while also being fruitful as we press on in the faith. Through Christ Jesus we pray. Amen.
Benjamin Nathan Cardozo (May 24, 1870 – July 9, 1938) was an American lawyer and jurist who served as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. He wrote, "In truth, I am nothing but a plodding mediocrity — please observe, a plodding mediocrity — for a mere mediocrity does not go very far, but a plodding one gets quite a distance. There is joy in that success, and a distinction can come from courage, fidelity and industry."
We pass a field of donkeys every Tuesday morning in Lebanon County. Sometimes we get out of our car and "hee haw" them till we get their attention! There are dog houses for dogs and then there are donkey houses for donkeys.
On the way home yesterday afternoon we passed by one of our favorite gardens on Risser Mill Road near Mount Joy. We lived only about a mile from this house in 2001 and admired the beautiful pristine garden planted each summer. Every summer we pass by this garden and yesterday I got out and took photos. Lo and behold, the owner was standing behind me in an upper deck so I briefly got acquainted with him. He has been living at this residence and planting his summer garden since 1975; his first garden he planted at 8 years of age!
Beautiful lilies give a nice splash of color to his vegetable garden. Even the tomato stakes are perfectly spaced and all the same height! A real inspiration to other gardeners.
Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources
In Praise of Plodders: Warren Wiersbe
As a blogger this is an interesting article by Tim Challies, "A Call for Plodding Bloggers"
These are the three songs that have "ten thousand years" in the lyrics:
"Ten Thousand Years" Video Ernie Haase and Homecoming Singers
Soon I'll come to the end of life's journey,
And I'll meet the one who gave His life for me;
I want to thank Him for the love that He gave me;
And ten thousand years, and more, I'll praise His name.
"Ten Thousand Reasons" Video Matt Redmon
"Amazing Grace" Video Various Homecoming singers
And on that day when my strength is failing
The end draws near and my time has come
Still my soul will sing Your praise unending
Ten thousand years and then forevermore
When we've been there ten thousand years,
Bright shining as the sun,
We've no less days to sing God's praise
Than when we first begun!
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