Skillful Living

Anyone who takes skiing lessons learns various rules. Some of them seem diametrically opposed to his instinctive desires. For example, he is told to lean down the hill, not into the slope. Most beginners hestitate to do this. Later they learn that their safety, as well as their skill, lies in following such instruction. After one has mastered the primary rules and become proficient, he does what is right, often without conscious thought—naturally. This is deceptive, for skill in any endeavor almost always results from obedience to and constant practice of rules.

Daily living is everyone's most recurrent activity. Does it not seem logical, then, that daily living should be as skillfully undertaken as possible, that it should not be left to chance or inept advice?

The great men of the Bible made it their major activity to learn of God and how best to live productive lives. Because it proved trustworthy, their wisdom was handed down from generation to generation. So it was with the Ten Commandments, which were given by God to Moses. They are forthright laws, which, if obeyed, enable men to live together harmoniously.

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November 8, 1969

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