Transcript

When Isaac took on the family business, it was his shot at redemption. He’d failed in school, and this was his second chance. So what happened? He failed. Again.

But Isaac’s story doesn’t stop there.  His uncle helped him get a college education, where he did well.  How well?  Fast-forward to his full name: Isaac Newton – perhaps the greatest and most influential scientist who ever lived.  You probably know him for his theory of gravity.

This is Howard Butt, Jr., of Laity Lodge with another respected theory. This one is about failure. You don’t have to get thunked by a falling object to know that failure can say more about the work than the worker...in the high calling of our daily work.

God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.
James 1:12

Image by Eric Martin. Used with permission. Sourced via Flickr.

Originally Published: Sunday, March 25, 2012

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.

Purpose

A Christian's ultimate aim is not to get into heaven and endlessly relax. Rather, as we see in the Garden of Eden, work is an essential part of God's design for paradise. God gave Adam a vocation: to name the animals and tend to the garden. Just as every member of the Trinity works to glorify every other member, so are we created to glorify God with our work. Like Adam, we are called to create and cultivate good things for God's kingdom on earth.

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