I’ve always liked those phrases that tell some little piece of wisdom that just ought to be common sense, but turn out to be something that somebody somewhere has never heard before. Those little pieces of wisdom get added to my nugget bucket as each of them are discovered or experienced, when I’ve not heard of them before. That is what this Series is all about – ten practical life items that were “jotted down” by one of America’s forefathers a LONG time ago…
Observation in Practical Life
They seem so simple and straightforward to people when they are either explained or experienced for the very first time, along with the nearly perfect timing of the phrase “why didn’t I think of that” coming across the brain-gate of each of our minds. Many of those little life experiences often are based upon Bible passages that were put into daily practice so the principle behind it would not be forgotten.
This set of “observations” actually go the opposite direction, each of these were taken from Jefferson’s sharing and compared to Bible passages, as well as concepts, to see if a verse or set of verses would match the idea being presented. A few are tight grabs, but for the most part are correlated enough to make a direct and deep tie to the lesson being applied with “Practical Life” application.
Interestingly enough, much of what is presented as sound process, thought and knowledge has a direct link to the Bible and the information presented from God’s Word. The reason is quite simple – it is the Book that has stood the time and ages, proving to be a foundational book not only to our society but for the very nature of our being here. The Word of God has “rubbed off” onto the entire people groups and has been carried forth in ways and manners that could not have been considered, but have actually come to be, because that is what our Heavenly Father designed for the Word to do – spread, saturate, save.
They may sound a bit odd, some of them, but many of them are normal colloquialisms we have heard in one form or another.
- Never put off till to-morrow what you can do to-day.
- Never trouble another for what you can do yourself.
- Never spend your money before you have it.
- Never buy what you do not want, because it is cheap; it will be dear to you.
- Pride costs us more than hunger, thirst, and cold.
- We never repent of having eaten too little.
- Nothing is troublesome that we do willingly.
- How much pain have cost us the evils which have never happened.
- Take things always by their smooth handle.
- When angry, count ten, before you speak; if very angry, a hundred.
What is it that we think of as Christians when we hear a practical life application phrase or piece of advice being shared? Some might argue that those “simple” things have nothing to do with our “religious” side, but they forget we are supposed to have a “relationship” with our Saviour, not a religious experience. When we have a relationship with someone, it is very difficult to keep a separator between who we are and our relationship with others, for we would be living two different lives. For many people, they have little clue the very things that they count as common sense items they do in life has more to do with Christianity than they first think it would and does often become revealed to be.
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