Don’t skip the instructions …

“He [God] made them [the Israelites] a gift of the country they entered, … so they could do everything he told them— could follow his instructions to the letter. Hallelujah! Psalm 106:43,44

pretendI purchased two plastic tube shelving units for my new storage room. I slit open the plastic wrap, and a bunch of small pieces tumbled out. “This is simple enough a kid could do it.” So, I began, but the project went bad. Nothing fits. Guess I needed to read the instructions.

I don’t like to read instructions–not even the ones with a blow-by-blow illustrations. I’d rather just get it done. Sometimes I find myself pretending to know more than I do. But when my attempt fails, I backtrack and read the directions. I have patience for most everything but putting something together. That’s because I’ve never had to use that part of my brain. One more thing I have to get used to as a single person, as I can’t always call someone for help.

I find myself doing the same thing in my faith life. I skip the instructions and try to do life my way. Then I find myself going back and reconstructing a mess I’ve made either with a flippant tongue or the lack of compassion. God’s giant instruction book, the Bible, has all I need to put my life in order. But it helps to read it before you need it.

Lord, help me on my path to faithfulness through reading your Word. Amen.

About lindagillis

I am a retired church office servant, a writer, speaker for conferences, events, and retreats, and advocate for those who work in the church office. I began writing seriously after winning the 2006 Guideposts Writer's Workshop and being published in "Guideposts" and "Angels on Earth" magazines. I have self-published two book, "The Donut Theory--Meditation and Inspiration for the Church Office" and "Humble Beginnings--Daily Meditation Moments". My other passion is family and traveling to visit family and friends.
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