Pro 14:4 Where there are no oxen, the barn is clean, but abundant crops come by the strength of the ox.
This particular Proverb has a pretty obvious meaning:
There might are less chores with less tools, but with well managed tools comes greater success.
I can think of several applications of this Proverb to contemporary existence:
- If you do not own a lawn mower, you’ll have less maintenance, but you’ll have to pay more in the long run for people to do your yard.
- If you do not own a tools, then you won’t have to organize them. There will be no need to put up your tools, have a sweet tool box, or to oil them. But if you have one it will be cheaper to repair your house.
- Any tools that improve your productivity should be cared for just like the oxen barn. A barn full of oxen, left unattended, will eventually smell like what fills it. Similarly, a computer that is not properly maintained, a car not properly tuned up, or a guitar not properly stored will all let you down more frequently than the alternative. But if you do not have these tools, then you cannot have the blessings that come with them.
- If less people go to your church, you’ll have less problems. But conversely, potentially less of the work of the gospel will be accomplished.
- Your body will eventually fall apart, but it will happen much faster without use! Put the work of taking care of it into practice and it will likely work much longer for you.
For me the takeaways from this particular Proverb have been:
- Keep my garage clean and organized.
- Stop borrowing my friend’s calculator.
- Keep my books in alphabetical order.
What about you?