Handbook for Life

A couple of weeks ago we received hundreds of nuts and bolts in various sizes, a couple of hinges, some small tools, about one hundred-twenty galvanized steel bars and 3 huge polycarbonate sheets — all parts we needed to build the greenhouse we had bought.

Well, all but the rubber insulation which came by post the following week. The seller delivered the parts and handed us the manual. He explained a few important things and then we were on our own (we chose not to have the company assemble it but to build the house ourselves). So these last weeks we trusted the directions of the manual to be right. We followed the instructions and put the parts together. And this is the result of it:


Remember my past posts about keeping the laws of God? Keeping them is not one nor the way to heaven! However, God still established many of them for our own good. When we ignore God’s wise counsel and laws for our lives we will often find ourselves struggling and wondering why this and that is happening to us or why this and that isn’t working out.

See, it’s just like doing an assembly: we can ignore the instructions and go our own way, just to find out at the end that the parts do not belong where they were put and that the outcome is not the way it should be. Or, we can choose to follow directions, step by step, and end up with a good result. Sure enough, in the beginning it was quite overwhelming to see this huge amount of parts, not having a clue how they would all come together. I mean, at times it looked like there weren’t enough parts or as if the ones we’ve received weren’t the right ones. We kept our focus on the directions given in the handbook — and managed to put the greenhouse together.

The Bible is also like a manual. It is God’s Handbook for our lives! The more we read and digest His Word the more we understand how it all comes together and the easier it gets to follow His instructions… and the more sense His laws make to us.

About Carmen W.

I'm a helpmate, homemaker, mom, and writer, who was born and raised in Germany but is now living in Ireland. I love to study, read and write about the Christian faith, homemaking, home education, music, and dog training.
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