So I’m not the most gifted DIY guy ever. If you asked me to put a shelf up, I’d go 'Uhhhh' and then run away - I can just about paint and have hung up the occasional picture. Because of this I’ve never felt the need to buy a toolbox. I just kind of buy tools depending on the task at hand. My tool collection consists of a hammer, a screwdriver and some pliers.
You can have a toolbox with all-sorts of different devices in them but what is important is whether you need to use them. Electric drills and chainsaws look fun but I’m not planning on going ‘lumberjacking’ anytime soon.
As human beings we have our own ‘toolbox,’ with different tools in them. For example, there may be a situation we face where we want to use our ‘friends’ tool and seek their help and advice in a challenging situation. We might take out the Parent’s tool when we need a shoulder to cry on or some guidance.
What’s really interesting is that when we are facing times of challenge or struggle, we forget the most important tool in the toolbox… the Prayer tool. Jesus is the all-rounder, the perfect one to trust in our times of challenge, yet all to often we leave him at the bottom of the box.
I can honestly say that when all else is taken away, all I’m left with in times of struggle is Jesus, and he is always the perfect one to trust in. He always leads us out of difficult times, and to push the analogy as far as it will go, he is the ultimate DIY guy; He lived the human life and knows exactly how to relate to us in all areas of life. That’s not to say that we can’t share trying times with our friends, parents or others but we have an underlying support who will be there for us no matter what the situation.
So I’ll leave you with this thought, who’s in your toolbox? Do you need to add Jesus to the list of useful people who walk with you in life?
To the people - the good and the evil. To the soldier, the civilian, the martyr, the victim, the prophet, the liar, the honest and the leader.
When I heard about the terrorist attacks in Paris I was shocked - I just sat in my bed and wept. I wept with all the people who lost someone and all the people who had witnessed these terrible things. I was also amazed by how the world responded: The pictures of all the landmarks and buildings in the colours of the French flag. I think that this is what we need to do; Show unity and strength as we support each other in every way possible.
I am a Christian. So I started to pray. I prayed for all the victims, all the injured, all the children, all the families. And one thing that is written in the bible came to my mind. It says: “Jesus wept." He is weeping with us now.
During the day I checked my phone to stay up to date. As amazed as I was by the all support, I was shocked by all the hate. You can ́t fight hate with hate - that is like fighting darkness with darkness. You fight darkness with light and so you fight hate with love. We are all the same and we all stand together. We have to show strength. We should pray for the world. Pray for the victims and the attackers. And if we feel like we are not strong enough we can run to God and ask him for help.
Just keep praying for Paris and the world. There was no time when we needed it more.