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The Carpenter's Apprentice

Brother Jeff's Message

I had seen the boss get up and close the office door before but this was the first time I’d seen it from the inside of the door. The previous times I’d seen the door close I remembered feeling relieved I was on the outside. This time relief was nowhere to be found. We’d been sent to a lady’s house who wanted to add recessed lighting to the addition covering her back patio. When we got there it was clear this was going to be a nasty job involving lying down and slithering through some very itchy insulation, three nearly impossible wire pulls and enormous cost to put in six recess cans. Frankly, in our estimation, simply not worth it; it just can’t be done – economically. The delivery of the impossible verdict to the boss prompted the closing of the door. We sat in the chairs opposite the boss man’s desk waiting for the barrage that never came. In fact for a minute he said nothing. He finally started with, “What happened?” Not really knowing how to answer, we began explaining how we investigated the possibilities and found dead ends on every idea. The boss said, “No, I’m asking what turned us into quitters. Everybody else that went over to that house already told the lady why it couldn’t be done. I sent you two to find out exactly how it could be done.” Money was not a problem, her lack of lighting was the problem and she just wanted someone to fix it – no matter the cost. The expected tongue lashing never came but we left the office feeling as though it had gone on for hours. How many times do we focus on the ‘why we can’t’ rather than seeking out the ‘how we can’? How much more could we do if we were constantly aware of who we are and who is on our side? Luke wrote, “For nothing is impossible with God” (Luke 1:37) and Jesus said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26). Still, so many times we focus on how something cannot be done. When we only see the reasons ‘why not’, we are walking by sight and no longer by faith. It is going to be difficult at best to then walk according to the Spirit when all we ever see is the flesh; when all that controls our thoughts and actions is from the prospective of the flesh, failure and fear. Paul instructed Timothy about a spirit of love and power not one of fear and failure (2 Timothy 1:6). Lest we forget, “If God is for us, who can be against us” (Romans 8:31)? Let us be a people who resolve to see the positive, finish the race and realize we are heirs with Christ (Romans 8:17) and hold fast without wavering (Hebrews 10:23) to the hope we have in Christ.