1- read the instructions…why do we always want a shortcut? If you are like me, I often look at the picture on the box of what I am assembling and simply try to imitate that. When pieces are left over and it looks slightly different than that picture, that’s when I go to the English translation of those vacuum sealed directions at the bottom of the box. There are so many translations and none of them help except the one I understand. The Bible is life's blueprint. Find one you can read! Then read it…don’t look for a crib note version to get by…forget about the seminars and how you can be rich in 30 days by buying homes for no money down! As painful as it may be for you, read the instructions. That’s a great place to start.
In 2 Timothy 2:15 it says…Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.
2- study to show yourself approved…in other words…be diligent. Diligent hands will rule…diligent hands can make those pieces line up right.
Diligence is a steady and consistent application…you are fashioning a lifestyle change that will make your life run so much smoother and be more fulfilling. It also makes you more attractive to others.
3- “don’t be ashamed”…you do not need to put yourself down because you have some assembly required. If you will stop talking down to yourself others will too. Some of life’s most beautiful things are made up of millions of pieces.
Once we have these pieces in their place, we will start to enjoy life. It’s then that we are able to do our own research and development with scripture…to compare…to find deeper meaning and more personal ways to understand what the instructions are telling us. Rightly dividing the word of truth…correctly handling God’s word.
Don’t try to imitate what the world is showing you. Find the right way to assemble your life and then be consistent. You may have a million tiny pieces that have been broken off by your circumstances and your choices. God can use every one of them. He knows where they fit and He can place them inside the borders of His protection and create a masterpiece. So don’t be ashamed the next time you see those huge letters that say, SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED. Just smile and know that when you’ve done all you can do, God will make sure that your life is the most incredible gift it can be to a world that needs it so desperately. YOU are a GIFT from God. A gift that the world needs. Some Assembly Required!