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"If Ye Know These Things, Happy Are Ye If Ye Do Them"

There is a wonderfully short, very overlooked and under-appreciated scripture, tucked into the Book of John, chapter 13, which says, "If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them."

It is a great lesson when read in the context of the chapter, as it's speaking about service to others, but it is also when considered in light of the principle.

 

PRINCIPLES ARE UNIVERSAL

AND CAN BE APPLIED IN MANY CONTEXTS.

 

When I was a Boy Scout I had a summer sleeping bag and a winter bag.  I knew which to bring with me depending on the season we were camping.  Knowing which bag was for which season, I assure you, if I brought my summer bag to one of our Deep Freeze camping trips in winter, I would not be happy.  I understood the principles that applied to summer and winter.  I acted accordingly.

IF YE KNOW THESE THINGS,

HAPPY ARE YE IF YE DO THEM.

Seeing this side porch on a house the other day, I knew right where to brush the snow off to reveal where the guardrail USED to be attached.

It had been removed!  The porch right there is about 4' high.  If someone was to fall off they would not be happy!  Everyone knows a guardrail should be there, including the seller, who, for some reason, against all they know about guardrails, decided to remove it.

I don't know how long they lived with this clear and present danger!  But they did.  Did anyone fall off?  Perhaps not.  Following the aftermath and consequence of a fall I bet no one would be happy.

IF YE KNOW THESE THINGS,

HAPPY ARE YE IF YE DO THEM.

Just last night our teenaged daughter had some friends over.

She is a gem of a person, smart, responsible, a very good friend to all the kids who know her.

Home schooled she finished high school early and is starting college tomorrow!  She earned excellent grades.  Her employers all count on how responsible she is.  She has it together.

But last night the moment got to her!  She decided to string her new bow and show off her new arrows to her friends! 

Somehow the arrow slipped, passed through the family room, through the sun room, and through the double-cell shade to shatter the window.

I have to say, I am pretty sure she knows not to string a bow and notch an arrow in the house.  Those are the first safety rules!  But they were momentarily forgotten.

A lesson was learned.  Life experience is a cruel, but effective, teacher.  And I expect a lesson was learned.

Mom virtually exploded in apoplexy (I heard from the other side of the house...).  Dad vacuumed the glass and taped (yes, duct tape) a high R-value plastic trash bag over the hole to control the hurricane winds and icy temperature invasion.  Okay, none of that is controlled very well.  Dad also mentioned that we can fix this, but it will take money.  Wink, wink.  You already know who's money...  Dad was VERY relieved that nobody was hit with an errant, accidental arrow!  But really, nobody was happy, in particular the very embarrassed archer.

IF YE KNOW THESE THINGS,

HAPPY ARE YE IF YE DO THEM.

My recommendation:  wisdom is the application of knowledge in a good way!  In a smart way!  It's winter for instance, there are things to do to winterize a house (click here).  If you have not done them, I would highly recommend that you do!  If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.  Oh, and no matter how cool your new bow, and arrows, might be, don't notch it all in the house.  You might be, um, unhappy with the results!  And yes, we still love our daughter.

 

 

 

 

Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560

www.jaymarinspect.com


Comment balloon 17 commentsJay Markanich • January 11 2015 03:34AM

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Jay, great post of many important points. 

Sometimes our logic gets lost "in the moment" I believe the cost of replacement cancels out our logic when it comes to that handrail on the deck with some people.  Safety first! Always.

We love our children no matter how much they surprise us with their "mistakes" just like you say.  Mistakes are a great teacher, made a few of those when I was younger myself and as I think about it, am still making a few of them today (LOL), and I'm old enough to know better.

Have A Great Day. So glad no one was injured.

Posted by Bobbie Smith, 570-242-1891 over 3 years ago

What?  Mistakes Bobbie?  Now?  I have a hard time believing that, myself.

 

; >)  Thanks.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 3 years ago

Jay, well handled! Takes a bit of wisdom to remain calm! Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) over 3 years ago

Calm?  I was incredulous Wayne!  But we survived it...

All night I thought about someone getting hit with an arrow!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 3 years ago

Mistake???  No! 

Poor judgement??  Yes!

Lenn's Law #743.  Do NOT expect a teenager to have the judgement of an adult.

Good thing she had a bow and arrow and not a shotgun or rifle.

Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) over 3 years ago

I thought you would say exactly that Lenn!  I was waiting for your shot gun comment on this post!

She was told not to string the bow in the house.  But, as you say, do not expect ... well, you know the rest.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 3 years ago

Good morning Jay. Sometimes teenagers are not too bright. Thankfully, no one was hurt.

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) over 3 years ago

Jay, that had to be a frightening lesson for your daughter! BTW, we homeschooled our two youngest all the way through high school, one of whom graduates from college this spring. The other graduates next year. You should be proud--even though even the brightest sometimes make a stupid mistake!

Posted by Tom White, Franklin Homes Realty LLC, Franklin TN (Franklin Homes Realty LLC (615) 495-0752 or www.FranklinHomesRealty.com) over 3 years ago

Thankfully no one was in the path of the arrow.  I bet a lesson well learned.  

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty AR LLC) over 3 years ago

I love teenager stories when told by someone else that I don't have to clean up Jay Markanich .  

Posted by Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366, General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage (Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366) over 3 years ago

If I had a nickel for everytime I heard a "teenager with a bow and arrow in the house" story....

Posted by Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty ZionRealtyAZ.com (Zion Realty) over 3 years ago

Wow, you could have ended up looking like Steve Martin with that arrow through your head! And that back porch was really skinny, somebody probably took it out by falling against it...lol

If ye knows what ye is doing, ye would be happy by not getting ye hurt, or ye shall not be happy :-)

Posted by Fred Hernden, CMI, Albuquerque area Master Inspector (Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area) over 3 years ago

Bright, and not doing something one knows not to do, are not the same thing Michael!  Showing off is just that!

Tom W. - I don't think the home-schooled kids fully appreciate what they are doing until it hits them later in life.  Public school for our daughter was not a good thing.  I doubt she will make that mistake again!

James - true, and that thought bothered me all night.

Tom - this one will be cleaned up when a new window is installed!

Wow, Nicole!  This is my first!

The porch is off the edge of the sunroom Fred, off to the side.  I was in another room so hopefully the Steve Martin thing would never have happened to me.  Still, with today's walls?  Ummmm...

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 3 years ago

Jay, I need to get a copy of Lenn's rules. That one quote seems pretty apropos.

Posted by Mike Cooper, Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Sales Pro (Cornerstone Business Group Inc) over 3 years ago

Not sure I've seen Lenn's Rules, Mike, but there appear to be a lot of them!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 3 years ago

Jay Markanich Good Morning Jay!  And yes thank goodness no one was hurt with an arrow. 

IF YE KNOW THESE THINGS,

HAPPY ARE YE IF YE DO THEM.

 

Love it!

Posted by Dagny Eason, Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo (Dagny's Real Estate) over 3 years ago

Some principles are just that, Dagney, something applicable all over.  Which is why the Bible is full of principles!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 3 years ago

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