Monday, April 25, 2016
ELMER'S POST OF THE WEEK
Also, as Marilyn told you, I have gotten one of our drivers to put on a post. I bribed him, in a way. He will explain what I did. Think you will enjoy what both he and his wife do transporting us around when need be. We are glad and appreciate what they do for us.
Someone asked how do we teach the next generation the importance of treating our land with the respect it deserves? In the Bible Genesis 1:1 "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth."
also Genesis 1:11 - 12 "And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself upon the earth and it was so. And the earth brought forth grass and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind and God saw that it was good." Also Genesis 1:24 "And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so."
In Genesis, we are told that God created the earth. On the earth He gave us grass, herb yielding seed, fruit trees, living creature, cattle, beast and more. In Genesis 3:23 "Therefore the Lord God sent him forth from the garden of Eden to till the ground from whence he was taken." When Adam and Eve disobeyed what the Lord told them in the Garden of Eden, they were sent to the earth.
Because of these readings in the Bible, we feel it is out duty - is the world of the Lord for us - to treat the land. To respect the land. To use the land. When one of our children or grandchildren show disrespect for the land, I read them Genesis Chapters 1-3. We discuss it.
It does bother me today they are building subdivisions. Much of the property is also having business built on it. Now, I admit Anna and I built a house, so it sounds like I am saying that for everyone else but myself, but that's not what I mean. I have nothing against people building a house, but when they build 20 or 30 houses - that bothers me. The price of land has gone up. It is so expensive that some people have had to go into different trades because they can't afford to buy land.
In answering your question, I assume that you know the Lord and your child or children know the Lord. The Lord's way is what I know. What I, hope, I made our children understand that we were given the land for our use. When out time comes - the land may be passed to another family member, or sold. But, it is no longer ours. We can not take the land to heaven with us - it stays here on the earth. The land was here long before we got here and unless the Lord comes soon, it will be here long after we are gone. It has gone generation to generations. We just have the use of it while we are here.
This land is a gift to us, even though we had to pay for it, and it is for our use. How we use, we will have to answer to the Lord for. I like to plow the fields. The horses pull the plow and have done it for so long, they know where they are suppose to go. I just make sure they go there. While I am out there, I pray much of the time. I thank the Lord. Also, think of this dirt will soon have seeds in it and they will grow and become crops that we will sell some, eat some and give some. The crops come up every year we do this. Thank you Lord.
Trust God's Wisdom,