What's In Your Toolbox?

2 Corinthians 10:5 (MSG) "We use our powerful God-tools for smashing warped philosophies, tearing down barriers erected against the truth of God, fitting every loose thought and emotion and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ."

Look around the house. What are the THINGS that have shown up in annual Christmas photos year after year? I love to take pictures. I have many. Somehow snapping a picture is synonymous with stopping in my tracks to capture moments of my life.

I've thought a lot about how much stuff we bring into the house. We shop and bring home boxes and bags full of stuff. Each week the garbage is graciously picked up and clearly the volume being dumped into the garbage truck does not equal the volume taken in the week before. And so things start piling up.

I looked at our drink glasses today and know that they are 6 years old. Brenda gave us a set of the billiard glasses as a house warming gift when we moved from Blackbird to Shadowbrook. We use these glasses all the time. They are the favorite drink glasses in the house. Whatever happened to all the glasses we drank from before? I do recall the Las Maisons glasses we had at Blackbird that were a thank you gift from Joyce Homes when we bought the house on Blackbird. Those glasses only disappeared because we broke them - one at a time - until we only had one left. Who wants to drink alone? And so that glass family retired from daily use and were replaced by the billiard glasses.

Sets of things break or get lost. When there are insufficient pieces left to be whole, then we get a new whole. One set of glasses used for 11 years phased out and a new set incorporated into our daily regime.

I think that's synonymous with my relationship with Jesus. We poke along in life using the same tools that have been in our toolbox that are tried and true. Then a tool breaks. Broken relationships. Death. Abandonment. Change of surroundings. Job changes. Loss of health.

I suddenly no longer cope in the same way with new life issues because my tools are not capable of fixing the problem. Just like having a flat head screwdriver to screw a Phillips screw. It doesn't work. I need new tools to handle life. I'm thankful that God's toolbox is always full of great tools. All I gotta do is reach into His toolbox and become retooled to do his work.

Dear Jesus,
Mold me into your new tool today. I am your vessel and await your touch and molding. Help me not to hold onto my broken tools and to be pliable in your gentle hands. Help me to throw away those things that are no longer useful. Form me to your service. Amen.

Isaiah 64:8 "..We are the clay, you are the potter."

Carole Schumacher

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