Measuring twice, cutting once

Aug. 8, 2020

Scripture Readings

When I was young, my Dad, a carpenter, would say, “Measure twice, and cut once.” This phrase was intended to teach me to make good choices.  Even if it meant greater sacrifice, choosing well was better than choosing easy.  If I was feeling lazy, Dad’s wise words would whisper their way to my soul.

In Proverbs, we read in v18, “Discipline your children, for in that there is hope; do not be a willing party to their death.”  I may not have appreciated my Dad’s lesson.

What difference does it make anyway?  Apparently, a lot!

I am grateful he chose to measure twice patiently and cut once in his love for me.  My love for Jesus is a result of the seeds he planted.

In 1 Chronicles, we read that King David, now old, is preparing to hand the Kingdom over to his son, Solomon. 

After forty years of faithful service, he is organizing and setting up staff.  We read in v30 of “seventeen hundred able men, who were responsible… for all the work of the Lord and for the king’s service.“  He selects gatekeepers, officials and commanders. 

He chose people of integrity. David, far from perfect, knew God’s faithfulness and promises (v23) “to make Israel as numerous as the stars in the sky.”  He lived his life in trust and humility to the Lord, dedicated to praising God to the very end.

In 1 Corinthians, Paul addresses the church in Corinth as their spiritual father. His love for these believers compels him to address their pride, arrogance and spiritual laziness humbly.  In v16, Paul pleads, “I urge you to imitate me. For this very reason, I have sent to you Timothy, my son whom I love, who is faithful in the Lord.  He will remind you of my way of life in Christ, Jesus...”

Paul faithfully lived out his life committed to sharing the gospel, even when it was hard.  We are the benefactors of his faith to this day!

The Lord knows the hearts of his followers. He will bless the works of our hands, no matter how menial the task may seem. As we live out our faith, let us consider measuring twice and cutting once.

Who are you being a Timothy to?

 Who are you being a Paul to?

May we live our lives so others see Jesus in us!

Angelika Fryklind

Passionate about missions, prayer, her family and her church.