ATB 26 Directions Included

Recently I stopped by my local hardware store.  I needed to pick up a few items for the house.  As it turned out at least one of the things that I picked up did require me putting it together. Now I will be the first to admit.  I am not a very good hands on person.  Being the every day handyman around the house is not my thing.  After all, in my opinion one should at least be honest with themselves.

As for the item that I picked up, it had for me three words that I am not particularly happy to see let alone do.  These words for me are….”Some Assembly Required.”

Begrudgingly I started the process of putting my item together.  This experience however was not one that I enjoyed.  I will at this point confess that I did not follow through with what would have made the whole process much easier.  In fact I would like to say that in my mind, my way of doing it was best.  As it turned out, all I did was to make a mess of things. Finally I decided to stop the madness and do the very first thing that I should have done to start with.   I read the directions!

Upon reading the directions and following them I found the process of assembling my item to be much easier.  In fact I actually wound up getting it done.   If only I had followed the directions, then this challenge of some assembly required would have been much easier to deal with. In my mind, my way of doing it was best.  I figured that well what do I need with directions.  And I am just going to come out and say it; my ego would not allow me to pick up the directions and read and follow.

This entire experience gave me pause to reflect on life.  I began to think about how much each of us in this life that we lead will in fact fall into the category of some assembly required.  And in most case the assembly that we will need to do does come with directions.

Often times along the road of our Christian life we are going to need to assemble different things in our lives.  Be it our families or relationships with others it is in fact going to call for us to put it together.  But how often are each of us guilty of deciding that our way of putting things together is what’s best.  We make up our minds that we don’t need any directions because we have it all figured out.  I would venture to say that on more than one occasion we look up and we find to our dismay that what we thought would be best in fact turns out to just create another mess in our lives.

Each us have an ego.  It is a part of our every day life from the day that we are born.  It is that something that we draw from on a daily basis.  But as is the case with anything, too much of a good thing can be bad.

All of us at times have fallen into the misguided notion that we have this life all figured out.  We have the answers and don’t need any directions.  If there is one thing that I have learned in life it’s this; we don’t have all the answers and if left up to us we will make a mess of things every time.

For this life, for our daily living we will indeed need directions.  Directions that have been available to us from the very beginning.

God’s word via the bible always has been and will continue to be the source of directions that we need to be of a good body, soul and spirit.  His word and directions that he has provided us are infallible and perfect.  I am reminded of the lyrics of an old hymn.  “Oh what peace we often forfeit, oh what needless pain we bear, all because we do not carry everything to God in pray.”  

 Psalms 32:8 reminds us that God will instruct us and teach us in the way the way we need to go.  But even more we are called to as Proverbs 3:5-6 implores us to trust in the Lord with all or our hearts, and lean not to our own understanding.         

Directions are included.  Ours is not a life to go alone.  Nor is it one whereby we are successful doing it our way.  The directions that God has included are for each of us to turn to follow and to depend on him.  Directions included that are freely given and freely can be received.

To God Be The Glory

Alan T. Black


About dupree73

I was raised and grew up in the United Methodist Church. While I do proudly embrace my background and personal history within the United Methodist Church, I do feel that ultimately what is important is not the denomination that you are a part of. What matters most is the relationship that you have with the Lord. Part and parcel to any relationship is the level of commitment that one makes to it. With any and all relationships they are going to take time to grow. Through the years if I were to describe my relationship with the Lord using one word it would be “transformation.” Continuing to grow daily in my walk with the Lord, and as well continue to display the fruits of his spirit daily is for me what my life is all about. Frankly for these times, my attitude and belief is that the world is looking at those who are Christians to see if in fact their talk does indeed match their walk. As for me, my goal is to on a daily basis to be that individual who by virtue of their talk and their walk is by nature “peculiar.” If then by chance this way of living does indeed glorify the Lord, then my life indeed is destined to make a difference.
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