Jacob Davis, a tailor in Reno, had a customer who constantly tore the pockets of his pants. Davis tried a creative solution. He placed rivets on the corners of the pockets—and also at the base of the fly. The process worked so well that Davis wanted to patent it.

Needing money, Davis contacted his friend and fabric supplier about the two men securing a patent. In 1873, the patent was granted and Levi Strauss and Company began producing riveted pants—with Jacob Davis in charge of production. Today we call their work pants—blue jeans.

This is Howard Butt, Jr., of Laity Lodge. In the people and events around us—and in our creative responses to them—lie great opportunity—in the high calling of our daily work.

Our people must learn to devote themselves to doing what is good, in order that they may provide for daily necessities and not live unproductive lives.

(Titus 3:14)

Originally Published: Sunday, April 27, 2003

Howard E. Butt, Jr., served as president of the H. E. Butt Foundation until 2014. He is the founder of Laity Lodge and The High Calling, and serves as vice chairman of the H. E. Butt Grocery Company.


God created an incredibly diverse, beautiful world. And since he created us in his image, we were designed to create beauty, too. Therefore, art enriches our lives. Artists exemplify God's own capacity to create. When we engage with art, we enlarge our capacity to attend to God's creation and understand our roles as image bearing creators.

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