The Right Tools

Good morning.

I believe it was Thursday that Pastor Andy shared during a prayer service. I tuned in virtually for as long as I could prior to beginning my work day.

He read from 2nd Corinthians 10:3-5.

He shared a story that is familiar. He had a flat tire and could not get the nuts off. He stopped and, in frustration, called his father. His father reminded him of machines at the car shop that tighten them to the point that you have to purchase a special tool to remove them yourself. He followed his father’s advice, and he was successful at changing his tire. His father did not fix it for him. He provided guidance so that the next time, he will be successful. He had the wrong tool, and his father guided him to the right tool to use in order to be successful. He went on to share that we often tell our children to go look up a word when perplexed by the spelling versus spelling the word for them. When we teach them how to use the right tools, they can spell any word in the future, not just that one word.

2nd Corinthians reminds us that we have a heavenly connection. Yes, we walk in this world and in our flesh, but the tools we need to conquer fear, pride, loneliness, broken relationships, and our hurts are found in His Word and His guidance. We can call Him, and He will answer.

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you. Psalm 32:8

Pastor Andy was able to resolve his issue quickly. There are some things in our lives that take time. Sometimes they can take a lifetime and, along the way, we witness answered prayer, counsel, and change. Celebrate those wins and positive changes. We can lament the negative without due respect for the beauty and positive around us. We are drawn to the negative with an attitude of hopelessness or anger. Practice living in a space that has room for all your emotions. We can be deeply perplexed and hopeful at the same time.

“Joy comes to us in moments—ordinary moments. We risk missing out on joy when we get too busy chasing down the extraordinary.”

― Brené Brown, Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead

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