The right tool for the job…

It seems to me that the Easter weekend is one of the times that people take an opportunity to do one of two things – they either go away camping or they do some work around the house…

Continuing interest in the ‘renovation genre’ of reality television is fueling the ongoing desire for almost everyone to have an exotic bedroom, luxurious bathroom or an ambitiously large walk-in-wardrobe. Because of this, many people I know are busy renovating.

The thing about renovating is that there are many different skills needed and even more tools you need to get all the jobs done.

Hammers, chisels, different types of screwdrivers, power tools, tile cutters, sanding equipment, paint brushes, pliers, ladders, gyprock cutters and paint scrapers – all individually designed and all required in order to complete the task…but the key is that you must use the right tool for the right job.

If you try to fasten a screw with a chisel…you wreck both the screw and the chisel. If you try to fix the television with a hammer…it is going to end very badly. Knowing what is needed to finish the job, knowing which tool you should use and using it skillfully will end up in a great result.

The truth is that our lives are complex and have various compartments which all require different skills and tools in order to develop and perfect: our education stimulates and expands our minds; our families and friends prepare us for emotional interactions; our various experiences enable us to find our capacity and our limitations; where we travel and who we meet expand our view of the world and helps us find our place within it.

When you think about your life as a series of rooms…is there one or more that needs work?

How are your relationships going? How is your career? What about your enthusiasm or energy levels? What about your sense of hope for the future or your feeling of purpose and value?

When you are renovating you often need to bring in an expert to help for some of the more technical aspects. I hope that you have access to all the help and all of the resources you need but make sure that you don’t forget that there is One who is always willing to work within you if you will allow it…

“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10

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