I’ve been directed (by the higher powers) not to climb ladders without someone present.  It seems unwarranted and a bit reactive but I do appreciate and value the concern. In saying that, I’m not yet prepared to follow the edict.  It should not take an observer to watch me clean the gutters. Watching someone do the work is not helpful for the person doing the work. So, if that is the case why not just pay someone and then sit in the shade on my lounge chair with a beverage and watch them do the work. I won’t confirm (so it might not be true) but sometimes I get the ladder out when nobody is home and climb on it just because I can.  I know, climbing a ladder for no purpose is a bit immature and more to the point – it is useless. I recall something I read and I’m thinking it was St. Francis of Assisi who said something like “climbing ladders to nowhere never makes us happy nor creates peace and justice on this earth.”
How many ladders does she need to climb?

Scripture Reading: Deuteronomy 5:33
“Walk in obedience to all that the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live and prosper and prolong your days in the land that you will possess.”

Reflection Questions:
What makes you happy?
What does it mean to walk in obedience?
How are you prospering?

Prayer: Holy God, help me to abide in you so I can be
useful to others.  Amen.