Anvil Ministries E4: Blacksmith Idioms- That has a nice ring to it.

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Podcast E4 Blacksmith Idiom 3 That has a nice ring to it

Welcome- Hello, and Welcome to the Anvil Podcast E4!
Wrapping up Blacksmithing Idioms –

Last couple of weeks we talked about having Too many irons in the fire, and Strike while the iron is HOT.- Check it out.

This week is the idium That has a nice ring to it.

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Blacksmith idiums. That has a nice ring to it.

So with that lets get into it…

That has a nice ring to it.
Soundness by impact.

Our meaning today vs. what this means to a blacksmith.

Today meaning- Usually a name, something that actuall sounds good. Maybe an idea, usually a name of a person, business, or product.

When Forging – heat, hammer, repeat.

When forging something – HARD WORK. Pounding steel into a meaningful shape.

Generally 2 types of anvils – cast iron, and hardened steel

Other then the metal type- Two key factors come into play with anvils- weight, and rebound.

More immovable the better. Hit it harder, and use larger hammers. Obvious to tell – weight.

Rebound- trickier.

Soundness is a indicator that the Anvil is of good quality, and ready for work.

A quality Anvil is critical in the forging process of a smith. Rebound test 20in -19in.

Soundness around the face, shelf, horn, etc. Dead spots.

Like Striking while the iron is hot – a quality anvil is critical because your work is MUCH more EFFECTIVE. For the exact same amount of work you get much better results.

A good anvil is about working Smarter, and Harder. – Mike Rowe.

When an Anvil has a nice ring to it, chances are high it has a good rebound.

Good rebound – each blow with the hammer is that much more effective.

Think of bouncing a bowling ball about 3ft off the ground on a hard surface, and on rubber mat. The force of the impact is absorbed the softer the surface. Harder is less.

It is easier to actually swing and hit, and the impact is more effective on a good anvil.

How does a anvil get that good rebound? Hardened steel.

Cast iron has a dull thud to it, and less then half the rebound of hardened steel.

In the creation of the anvil the anvil itself esp. the face is hardened.

So now that you know how to tell a quality anvil from a lousy one what does that have to do with me as a man?

Weight- Actual, and impact.

How heavy are you? Be healthy.

“…for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way…”
‭‭1 Timothy‬ ‭4:8‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Weight of an anvil/men is your impact.

God made men impactful. Some of you are like these 300lb+ anvils that are well anchored, and a joy to do work with. Steady, stable, reliable, stand firm with integrity. You are sound, well seasoned and made of hardened steel. You are like an anchor for all those around you. Keep it up, but don’t get stagnant. Unused anvils get rusty. Well used anvils need occasional reconditioning.

“Therefore let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall.”
‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭10:12‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Some men are like these lighter weight 150lbs or less. Most common weight. Easy to move, and can still do some moderate work with them.

3 usual types in this anvil weight class-

Type 1- Those that like to swing their weight around. There insecurity is blatant in there efforts to continually make sure everyone knows they are a man. These men are dangerous, and no fun to be around. Type A personalities. Constantly have something to prove – because the security of their own masculinity is build on something that is false. They think their strength is all about them, and they love to make sure they show it off so you know how strong they are.

Type 2- Those that are in a garden, or anywhere that is not a workshop. They love comfort, and doing as little as possible. In the blacksmithing world these types of anvils are commonly referred to as ASO’s. Anvil Shaped Objects. Doorstops, heavy paperweights. Decorative. They look like an anvil, but have rarely if ever been actually used for their intended purpose. These men live like this for many reasons, but it is usually because they don’t know that they have a strength, and they likely have no idea what it’s for.

Type 3- Jewelers anvil. These little anvils are usually less then 30lbs, and are made strictly for very small delicate work like that of a jeweler, watchmaker, small crafts, etc. These men do work, but they never make an impact on you, the world, or the people around them. They can handle small light taps of crafters hammers, but anything like your average household claw hammer or larger, and they take major damage. They move very easily especially when hammered on. These guys are usually all about pleasing people at any cost. They are easily pushed around, and pushed over. These men ususally fear their strength, or believe that strength is bad/only hurts people.

None of these are better or worse then the other. They are all equally bad. They cannot be used in the way they are needed. They don’t understand their strength, how to use it well, or what it is supposed to be used for.

Not sure which one of these you are? Ask someone that you know will be honest with you.

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Until we can get some legit sponcers on here I’m just gonna keep talking about stuff I like.

P.O.D. – What happened? Atlantic records. Guitar players.

POD – That has a nice ring to it…

Back into topic-
Soundness by Impact

From weight to-
Soundness- what sounds do you make? They indicate your quality.

Pretty much straight out of the Bible.

“The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.”
‭‭Luke‬ ‭6:45‬ ‭ESV‬‬

My stance on harsh language, swearing, cussing, etc. Is controversial. Apologies for offending those that dissagree. Open to talk more about it. Hope it doesn’t put you off with my particular stance on this subject.

James- taming the tongue

“A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭15:1‬ ‭ESV‬‬

“A fool gives full vent to his spirit, but a wise man quietly holds it back.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭29:11‬ ‭ESV‬‬

“Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.”
‭‭James‬ ‭1:19-20‬ ‭ESV‬‬

“There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭12:18‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Also speak truth.

“These are the things that you shall do: Speak the truth to one another; render in your gates judgments that are true and make for peace;”
‭‭Zechariah‬ ‭8:16‬ ‭ESV‬

“Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ,”
‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭4:15‬ ‭ESV‬‬

“Let what you say be simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything more than this comes from evil.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭5:37‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Admonishment, rebuke, and judgement of believers-

“Faithful are the wounds of a friend; profuse are the kisses of an enemy.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭27:6‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Here is where I landed in regard to it all.

“Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.”
‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭4:29‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Clear communication in love, not anger, as much as possible with gentleness. Sometimes it needs to be harsh to clearly communicate. It is for building up, fits the occasion, and gives Grace to those that hear.

Bottome line- what is your soundness like? Are the words that come out of your mouth building up others? Are they fitting the occasion? Are they giving grace to others?

Quality- We are all cast iron anvils, with hardened faces.

The reality is that we are all cast anvils. Plain and simple. We have all fallen far from the bar that God set of perfection.

We all have that dead thud when you hit us, we are easily dented, damaged, and broken. We have no real rebound, and no real ring. We are all ASO’s

But that is not the end of the story, and it doesn’t have to be ours. You see with Christ we are a new creation.

There is a very popular type of anvil that mirrors this this perfectly. They are called Hay Buddons. They are a cast anvil with a hardened face perfectly to it. The perfect attachment it important, because there are a handful of anvils that are cast, but have a hardened face. What really makes a Hay Buddon Anvil so great is that although it does have a great ring to it, it is much quieter then most good quality anvils.

This is really nice, a sounding on a good anvil for awhile is really loud.

It’s a great example of what Christ has done for us. He has taken our dead useless ASO, and added part of Himself. The place where all the work happens. The place that actually gets hammered on, because He can take it. It is our job to hold Him up, because we are useless on our own.

If you have never made that commitment to repent, and turn from your own way of living. If you are tired of trying to do it all on your own, and ready to make Christ the Commander and Chief of your life. Let me know. I would love to pray with you, and help you take the next step.

Maybe your not ready, that’s fine. This is not a decision that should be made lightly, so don’t. Don’t let it be just some emotional response. Ask questions, hard ones. Don’t be afraid to. You’ll know when God is pulling on your soul. Don’t be afraid of that either. He is the only way you will every truly find your strength.

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Repair- Cracked anvil faces, worn ones- from work, or being used improperly, without hardening.

Sound Anvils that have a good ring to it last forever. Well not litterally, but for a long time.

Overtime they do get worn though, and the need to be reconditioned.

As men, we also need that. You see when testing if an anvil has a nice ring to it, you don’t just tap it in one place. You hit all over the face, and body. The sound will change if there is a micro crack, or if the face has become detached, or is becoming detached.

As men, that is okay. We can’t always be the strong resilient man God made us. Sometimes we need to be repaired, we need healing, we need restoration.

You see working with a great anvil that needs repair, or restoration is just a little better then a poor quality anvil.

Take the time needed for healing, and steps needed for restoration. The sooner the better. Then get back out there, ready for years of more service.

So, men we talked about a lot today. Soundness, Weight, rebound, quality, resilience, are you a good quality immovable object for others?

Anvils and men are made strong, and designed to be beneficial to others. And made to be hammered upon under the hardened face of Christ. We are made to have great resilience, but also need time for healing and restoration sometimes.

Be sound. Be strong. Make and impact for others. That is what your strength is for.

That is our 4rd episode. I hope you enjoyed it. I enjoyed serving you through it. And that wraps up our series on blacksmithing idiums. Next week we will start a new series based on the movie/book Fight Club. So be sure you catch those and continue your journey with me as men.

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I love practical teaching, and being a doer. So here is something you can do this week to find your strength. Ask someone that will be honest with you what kind of anvil you are. Well what kind of man really. Are you all about pleasing people? Are you the kinda man that likes the throw his weight around? Do you crave comfort, and shy away from hard work? Are you the stable man that can be counted on, and relied on when needed? Have you taken some damage, and need some restoration? Are you just a cast anvil without Christ as your hardened face? I know that you will try to answer these on your own, but don’t rely on that. Men we are experts at BSing ourselves. Ask someone that knows you deeply, and will be honest. More then one if you can, and start to discover your strength.

I may not know you, but I pray for you often. Know that God is for you, as am I. You may be in an awesome place right now, and I pray you continue on into the things God has called you to. You may also be in a crap place right now. As a man your anvil is not how God intended it to be. Seek out godly wisdom on getting through it, not out of it. God is with you, and is waiting for you to take that step. You are His son. He wants great things for you. And loves you more then you can imagine. It is up to you to make that choice.

Don’t give up. Don’t give in. Continue to fight the good fight, and find your strength.

I am David with Anvil ministries. May your journey continue…