Putting Down the Hammer

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5:00am came early this Monday morning.  I forced myself out of bed trying not to do the math but doing it anyway. It’s 2:00am in Arizona.  I just spent a week in Arizona.  My family and I arrived home Saturday night.  It felt so good to pull into our driveway.  I posted the following on Facebook shortly after we stepped through the front door.

Home. I love that word…and that place.

Yesterday I attended the late morning service at church.  As a chronic early riser, I’ve never attended the third service before but it was the perfect way to ease my way back onto east coast time.

The message was about our hearts needing an output.  The pastor used two visuals to illustrate his point.  The first was a sealed up glass jar.  The second was a pour-able glass measuring cup filled with Hershey’s Kisses.  Once God comes into our hearts and begins doing His work we have this strong desire to pour that goodness and that love out again.

The pastor made a great point.  He mentioned how, so often, we come in wanting to fill a need, we want to be fixers.  But, God doesn’t need us to be fixers.  God simply desires for our hearts to be focused on Him.  As I sat there listening to this reminder yesterday I thought about a quote I love from Rick McKinley, “The kingdom is. That’s it. Jesus does not need you or me to nail it together.”

Yesterday we looked at the story in 2 Samuel 7 where David desires to build the Lord a home, “Here I am living in a palace of cedar, while the ark of God remains in a tent.”

I love God’s response to him.  I didn’t ask you to build me a house.  And then, he goes on to list all the things He has done for David and all the plans He still has for David.  I love all the “I”s we see in God’s response.   “I took you from the pasture…I have been with you where ever you have gone…I will provide a place…I appointed leaders…I will also give rest…I will raise up the offspring…I will establish the kingdom…

I love the reminder yesterday that sometimes our good intention to meet a need isn’t the healthy output God desires from us.  Our pastor summed it up this way: “God doesn’t need us…Don’t focus on the need focus on ME.”

As a person who loves “home” and loves to “fix”  I can relate to David’s desire to fill a need. After spending a week out in Arizona with my dad, who wants nothing more than to get back to his home, I can relate to that desire to want to “pick up the hammer” and make things better for my earthly father.  Like David, I needed the reminder that God has a plan that goes far beyond our attempts to fix things.

This week:   Less me.  More Him.

Ever struggle with feeling as if it’s your job to fix?  

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