Our habit for July was usefulness, and while we didn’t come close to tackling the quotes I had collected for memory and copy work we did spend time talking about them and have had a good month looking for opportunities to be useful in our home.
Some months we do a great job at doing the actual copying and memorizing of these quotes – other months are just busy and the work falls to the side – July was full of travel and company and many opportunities for this habit to be practically applied, not so much for the memory and copywork side – which is perfectly ok! I would much rather application be made than simple head knowledge be gleaned. We defined usefulness as being of practical use; offering valuable or productive service. 2 Timothy 2:22-24 (condensed in the image above) is a wonderful passage that can be applied to being useful; instructing both what to do and what not to do. This quote by Jim Elliot is a favorite – and so convicting! It is such a hard thing to apply, and yet it is necessary in order for you to be a useful person. “Wherever you are – be all there.” “Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.” – John Wesley. “There is no excellence without labor. One cannot dream oneself into either usefulness or happiness.” – Liberty Hyde Bailey