A Tradesman’s Note: Intentionality

by William Bortz

Recently I stumbled upon a quote by William Law that really stuck out to me. There is a level of wisdom in this quote that I think any craftsmen can relate to, whether you aim to master pipe making, tanning, leather work, writing, photography, or any other skill.

“[a tradesman’s] everyday business will be a course of wise and reasonable actions, made holy by God, by being done in obedience to his will and pleasure… He will therefore consider, not what arts, or methods, or application will soonest make him richer and greater than his brothers, or remove him from a shop to a life of state and pleasure; but he will consider what arts, what methods, what application can make worldly business most acceptable to God, and make a life of trade a life of holiness, devotion, and piety. This will be the temper and spirit of every tradesmen; he cannot stop short of these degrees of piety, whenever it is his intention to please God in all his actions, as the best and happiest thing in the world.”

What Law states here is at the very root of Bird & Bear’s beliefs and practices. Each moment spent in mastering a skill is spent spreading the delight of what we are given and can offer.

I hope you gentlemen have a wonderful week.

*Bird & Bear’s next blog post will be released this week. Chris Ver Steeg of Sioux City, IA, will be sharing with us his story of community and joy. Be on the lookout. 

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Law, W. (199). A serious call to a devout and holy life adapted to the state and condition of all orders of Christians. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Christian Classics Ethereal Library.

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