Wisdom for Living

by Eric Burd

Like many of you, I really enjoy military humor. Some examples:

“If the enemy is in range, so are you.” – Infantry Journal
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“It is generally inadvisable to eject directly over the area you just bombed.” – U.S. Air Force Manual
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“Tracers work both ways.” – U.S. Army Ordnance
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“Five second fuses only last three seconds.” – Infantry Journal
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“Any ship can be a minesweeper. Once.”
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“If you see a bomb technician running, follow him.”
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“You’ve never been lost until you’ve been lost at Mach 3.” – Paul F. Crickmore (test pilot)
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“The only time you have too much fuel is when you’re on fire.”
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“Friendly fire – isn’t.”
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For most of us quips and quotes like these tend to tickle our funny bone. Containing a drop of sarcasm, they are mixed with a gallon of truth. They get our attention quickly and drive their points home without long explanation. Some are pithy sayings whose truths can actually keep men alive. But what makes these kinds of saying so memorable is that they give us a “handle” on obvious concepts. There is a discovery in each saying. It is not that we could not all have been able to come logically to the stated conclusion, but that we may never have slowed down long enough to have consciously formulated these conclusions the way they are presented.Flying Above the Fray

In our culture today, we live busy lives. Even as believers, we are often so busy “flying over” our lives that we can go long periods of time without considering responsibilities and relationships that are actually deteriorating beneath our “wings.” Operating at a frantic pace, we can move too quickly, making rash judgments while tending to walk and live in constant turmoil. We can become so absorbed in merely existing that we can forget the principles by which the Lord has called us to live, forgetting that God has given us His Word to help keep us from being lost at Mach 3.

God’s Word is here to help; to slow our lives down. The “brakes” of trust can calm us, keeping us from operating in fear and making snap decisions. The Word of God has a unique and irreplaceable power to set us at peace and to help us relate to Him and others from a biblical perspective. And the Bible is filled with sharp and pithy sayings that are even more real, powerful and relevant to our everyday lives than those above. God’s Word not only contains memorable sayings that can keep us alive, but they impart life! And the Scripture teaches that pondering its depths will help us maintain our godly orientation and Christian testimony through even the most difficult of times.

So, let’s go daily to God’s Word. Not only to take our Gos-pill, but actively carrying God’s Word away with us into the activities of each day. One way to do that is to draw from the Scriptures each day one saying or phrase upon which to meditate. With a little effort we can easily select one short phrase from most any passage of Scripture and prayerfully ruminate on it throughout that day, extracting from it all the “nourishment” that the Holy Spirit will give us that day. How deeply do we have to “drill” to find such meaning in:

– Matt 6:33 Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness….

– Gal 5:25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.

– Job 31:1 I made a covenant with mine eyes; why then should I think upon a maid?

– John 15:5 …apart from me you can do nothing.

– Ps 32:2 Blessed is the man unto whom the Lord imputes not iniquity.

Wow! Powerful stuff! How our lives would be different if we kept our minds upon the Lord throughout each day.

Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusts in thee. – Isa 26:3

Think on that … and find wisdom for living.


About Household of Faith Fellowship of Churches

HOFFC is at the heart of an exciting movement that the Holy Spirit is bringing to the contemporary church as God raises up a host of like-minded family-integrated churches across the land. These churches work from the biblical mandate of helping equip parents to disciple their children. Rather than dividing families at the door, the family engages in the church experience together, as a unit. Pastors / Elders walk alongside parents who have discovered God’s call upon them to make the home the primary place of discipleship for the entire family. Jesus Christ remains central to our churches. We preach expository messages, maintaining a continuous emphasis upon living out the gospel before our children, the church and the world. Discipleship is not reserved for the church staff, or conducted always through many staff-led programs; rather, there is a complementarian partnership between church and home, both recognizing the home as the primary conduit of the gospel from one generation the next. HOFFC is an association - a family - of like-minded, evangelical, autonomous family-integrated churches. Since the 90s, HOFFC has grown from one small congregation in Portland, OR, into hundreds of families in various states across the country. Churches and families alike have experienced much joy and fruitfulness in this great adventure of uniting church and home in working toward this gospel-centered vision.
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2 Responses to Wisdom for Living

  1. akismetuser689362312 says:

    Thanks, Eric! Good word.

    Blessings, Mark

    Sent from my iPhone


  2. Jeff Armstrong says:

    “Even as believers, we are often so busy ‘flying over’ our lives that we can go long periods of time without considering responsibilities and relationships that are actually deteriorating beneath our ‘wings.'”

    Thank you, Brother! That’s a huge lesson! Relationships require time and energy to maintain (Songs 2:15; Luke 8:14-15; John 17:3). If we’re too busy trying to “be God”, then we’ll miss out on the benefits of being dependent upon God! Makes me thankful for all the little “proofs” in this life that knock me back and prove to me that I am incapable of anything of eternal value apart from my Lord Jesus Christ (John 15:5). Oh, that the Church (myself included) would learn quickly to become a “Mary” (Luke 10:39-42)!

    And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”
    (Luke 10:39-42)

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