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Praise … The Joy in our Hands… #Trust30


Call to Arms by Sasha Dichter

The secret of fortune is joy in our hands.Ralph Waldo Emerson

What if today, right now, no jokes at all, you were actually in charge, the boss, the Head Honcho. Write the “call to arms” note you’re sending to everyone (staff, customers, suppliers, Board) charting the path ahead for the next 12 months and the next 5 years. Now take this manifesto, print it out somewhere you can see, preferably in big letters you can read from your chair.

You’re just written your own job description. You know what you have to do. Go!

(bonus: send it to the CEO with the title “The things we absolutely have to get right – nothing else matters.”)

(Author: Sasha Dichter)


At this point I am forced to believe that this “Trust 30” Challenge is a world view of how we humans are to become Self-Reliant.

I would have to do some research, which I someday may, on Emerson’s religious, spiritual views. However, whether Christian or Atheist, what I see in each of his quotes is a very clear and evident faith.

The kind, well-educated and well minded authors interpreting these lines of quote, possibly out of the context of the original essays, apparently do not see Emerson’s faith. Or, having seen it try to fit it into the too small vision of their world and this Trust 30 challenge.

God does not fit into any box, let alone one defined by the world view of today.

Todays quote speaks to ” the SECRET JOY in our hands” … their interpretation is this quote somehow equates to our being IN CONTROL of our profession.

…and they would be correct, but so off base by crushing this God concept into that world view box!

Our first and most important calling (what the world would view as profession) is to Praise and Worship our Creator.

The foremost reason we, humanity, were created was to praise God, to love God, to be God’s companions.

Revelation 4:11

“Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and because of Your will they existed, and were created.”

To quote a pastor I grew up under, “We were made by God, For God.”

So what is this “JOY in our hands”?

The Joy in our hands is our ability, our desire, to Praise God for all He has provided. It is Joy for us to Worship God in His sovereignty, giving Him the accolades of our reverence, honoring and glorifying the Almighty God for what He has done for this dying world in which we reside.

The Joy in our hands is the gratitude that drops us to our knees in the most trying of times, as well as the most joyous and victorious times, alike.

He is worthy to be praised!

So what of the “Secret of fortune” the quote speaks of immediately?

The secret is in the praise, in the worship. Our desire to Praise and Worship God, to acknowledge with loving reverence His Son and to follow the guidance of His Holy Spirit is the secret.

The fortune is derived from the obedience of our Praise and Worship of God. It is in our obedience to God that His grace is garnered. It is the obedience in which we operate our faith that garners the favor we receive in this life, and beyond, as His Children.

In obedience to this prompt, here is my Call to Arms to the CEO, to the Staff, suppliers and customers…

to ALL who are to be laborers for the Kingdom of God …

Psalm 150

1 Praise the LORD.

Praise God in his sanctuary;
praise him in his mighty heavens.
2 Praise him for his acts of power;
praise him for his surpassing greatness.
3 Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet,
praise him with the harp and lyre,
4 praise him with timbrel and dancing,
praise him with the strings and pipe,
5 praise him with the clash of cymbals,
praise him with resounding cymbals.

6Let everything that has breath praise the LORD.

Praise the LORD.

…Lift your hands, Lift your hearts, Lift your eyes

and …

Let everything with in you, praise the LORD!

Blessings Loves ♥

Author: Hopeannfaith

Welcome, I'm Andrea ... HOPEannFAITH ... I write and take pictures as a way of expression. These are gifts given by a loving and indulgent Father, to a headstrong and stubborn daughter, with much to say. A semi-retired social worker/secretary, I now call myself a writer. I've published one internet article and written many blog posts. However, publishing does not make one a writer, anymore than taking a box camera to the park makes one a photographer. What makes one who and what they are? Well God for one ... formed me before the foundations of this world (Psalm 139); and many, many years after putting away my passion for wordsmithing and picture taking He gave it back ... in droves. I am a culmination of my choices and experiences. It is here that my experiences color the world in print and color. It is my goal to reach just one soul a day with love ... encouragement ... understanding or just letting that soul know that they are not alone where they are today. This is about creating ~ all of it. Creating a HOLY and SACRED place where the ugly truth can be healed and the beauty of a moment or a tear can brighten a day for the experience. Why HOPEannFAITH? Hopeannfaith is my inner child, and she is maturing, as she should have done all along. She is learning all about how Faith fulfills Hope. She is learning how to live. HOPEannFAITH ~ the wonder twins all wrapped up in one, me. These are my Journey Journals ~ written and visual. I welcome your company. I welcome your friendships. My Journey is in the light ~ although I have and will share the shadowy corners and the dark ~ so you know that you are never alone there. If we hold hands in the dark, and we walk, side by side, through the shadow, we will reach the Light together. In relationship with one another and with the Light. Blessings.

10 thoughts on “Praise … The Joy in our Hands… #Trust30

  1. “We are made by God, for God.” So simple, so true. Thanks for the reminder.

  2. You can find the text on line here is the paragraph which this is taken from You are right that the quote was taken out of context. Ralph Waldo was more metaphysical and his work self reliance was more of god with in rather than traditional religious belief.
    Here is the paragraph as he wrote this .

    “His hidden meaning lies in our endeavors;
    Our valor’s are our best gods.”

    Another sort of false prayers are our regrets. Discontent is the want of self-reliance: it is infirmity of will. Regret calamities, if you can thereby help the sufferer; if not, attend your own work, and already the evil begins to be repaired. Our sympathy is just as base. We come to them who weep foolishly, and sit down and cry for company, instead of imparting to them truth and health in rough electric shocks, putting them once more in communication with their own reason. The secret of fortune is joy in our hands. Welcome evermore to gods and men is the self-helping man. For him all doors are flung wide: him all tongues greet, all honors crown, all eyes follow with desire. Our love goes out to him and embraces him, because he did not need it. We solicitously and apologetically caress and celebrate him, because he held on his way and scorned our disapprobation. The gods love him because men hated him. “To the persevering mortal,” said Zoroaster, “the blessed Immortals are swift.”

    • Thank you, Grammy E,
      God within is a true relationship with God I’d say. Thanks for grabbing the info for me, I appreciate it.
      I find as I look at these Trust 30 challenges that I am saddened that the authors who are defining the day’s challenge seem to be missing the God in Emerson’s words, more often than not.

      Blessings and thank you for stopping by!

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  4. I loved your take on this challenge 🙂 I noticed it was the second time I think you mentioned Emerson quotes as having a reference to God. I think you are right. I did a little research and found this website interesting – here are some “blurbs”

    “In 1829 Emerson became associate minister to Henry Ware, Jr. at Second Church in Boston. That year he married Ellen Louisa Tucker. Ellen died of tuberculosis less than 18 months later. Overwhelmed with grief, Emerson wrote in his journal: “Five days are wasted since Ellen went to heaven to see, to know, to worship, to love, to intercede. Reunite us, O thou Father of our spirits.”

    In 1830, after Ware joined the faculty of Harvard Divinity School, Second Church made Emerson full minister. He never relished parish work, especially the “calling” he was expected to do every afternoon, though he liked preaching. Ware criticized his use of biblical texts to illustrate his sermons, as opposed to preaching from the texts. Though his sermons were not the learned discourses typical of the pulpit in that day, his congregation liked both them and him. He dealt with things of the spirit with a homely elevation that charmed his hearers. The membership grew.

    Yet in 1832, in a radical departure from common practice, Emerson resigned his pulpit and never served another congregation. He is often thought to have left the ministry because he could not in conscience serve communion, knowing the members construed the meaning of the rite differently than he did. That issue was his ostensible reason for resignation, though members offered to let him serve communion without taking it himself, if he would stay. Probably, the issue was his vocation: What had God intended for him? Uncertain what his vocation was, he decided it was not the ministry. ”

  5. Melissa,
    Have you ever considered “researcher” as a career. This was exactly what I intended to look for. Having written Self-Reliance over 100 years ago, I believe this authors, as I said, either are missing God in these essays, or re-interpreting the spirit with which Emerson had intended his words.

    Therefore, being who I am, I choose to read the words and follow the spirit in which I am lead. Trust 30 is a profound challenge, in that Emerson’s essays require resonation time, for his words to lets say marinate within each of us, because it was never intended that we be “self-reliant” and I don’t think Emerson meant it that way ,,, He said … “Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string. Accept the place the divine providence has found for your the society of your contemporaries, the connection of events. Great men have always done so, and confided themselves childlike to the genius of their age, betraying their perception that the absolutely trustworthy was seated at their heart, working through their hands, predominating in all their being. And we are now men, and must accept in the highest mind the same transcendent destiny; and not minors and invalids in a protected corner, not cowards fleeing before a revolution, but guides, redeemers, and benefactors, obeying the Almighty effort, and advancing on Chaos and the Dark. (1)”

    How can they (these authors, these intellectuals) not see God … if not God then who is this divine providence that has found a place for me? Me? Because if it’s me, God help me!

    Haha…I think I might answer the prompt Trust thyself now. Because when I trust me in the spirit, I trust God.

    Thanks Melissa, you always impress me!

  6. This reminds me of the song, “I’ve got the joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart”. Nice thoughts

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  8. GREAT REVIEW! I pretty much agree with all you said in your article, especially at the beggining of your article. Thank you, this info is very valuable as always. Keep up the good work! You’ve got +1 more reader of your great blog:) Isabella S.

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