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15th Sunday after Pentecost
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Sermon Excerpt: Proverbial Giving, Prov. 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23, Rev. Randy Quinn


My dad is one of those “handy” men who can do almost anything with his hands.  Not only did he do all of the maintenance on our cars, I also remember helping him build more than one building – including pouring the concrete, framing the walls, installing the plumbing and electrical as well as the finish work on countertops.

He always amazes me, and I never doubted that my dad couldn’t do anything he decided to do – although I’m not sure I learned how to do the same things.

I often worked alongside of him, but rarely did I do more than retrieve tools and hold things in place while he did the work.  (So I’m a really good helper if someone has work to be done – but, unlike my father, I can’t nail a nail without bending it, I’m afraid to stand on a ladder, and I don’t trust myself around electricity.)

I do remember holding the boards while my dad ran the saw – and he would often mutter as he did so.  One of the things he said is a familiar proverb to every carpenter I’ve ever met:  measure twice, cut once.

Measure twice, cut once.  These familiar words of wisdom came out of the experience of carpenters who cut in the wrong place – but they have application in numerous other places, as well.  “Measure twice, cut once” comes to my mind often when I’m making decisions.  I hear the voice of my dad reminding me to think things through before I act because too often we cannot undo an error.

We all have similar quotes that come to our minds in particular situations and settings, depending upon which ones we learned and when we learned them.... Subscribers: click here for the full manuscript