Friday, June 1, 2012
Quote of the Day: “Church attendance is as vital to a disciple as a transfusion of rich, healthy blood to a sick man.” - Dwight L. Moody
A word about sharp. In the U.S., if knives or other cutting things got dull, we took them to a professional sharpener, or we just bought new ones. Most of the people I knew, including myself, also had electric sharpening machines in our kitchen. As a boy growing up, I remember watching my Dad sharpen the carving knife on a sharpening utensil before cutting the turkey, and I remember seeing him sharpen a razor on a leather strop. Nowadays, you can buy knives and other things that almost never get dull, but nothing stays sharp forever. It's why we need to go to church. No matter how good we are or how pious or holy, we need to get resharpened and we can't do it ourselves. It's a lesson that's easy to learn here. In a lot of ways, living in a third world is similar to the way folks used to live on farms back in the thirties and forties. Outdoor plumbing, fixing things instead of replacing them, having doctors miles and miles away, so having to rely on taking care of things ourselves. Here, we don't throw anything away if it can be fixed, and almost everything can. Our house workers sharpen knives by rubbing them on the concrete sidewalks around our house. Down in the town is a guy with a sharpening wheel hooked to a bicycle who can sharpen almost anything: hoes, scythes, knives, machetes (pangas, here), etc. We know that nothing lasts forever without attention, so almost every Christian goes to church every time the church meets no matter how far they have to walk to get there. It's a good lesson.