Trouble tree?

December 4, 2019

My friend, may I ask you a question? Is it true that failure is inevitable in this life? If so, as Christians should we choose to dwell on the blunders or put them behind us in a place where they belong?  A simple choice when you weigh the options?

 

My friend, Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.

 

 

 

I consider myself pretty handy when it comes to carpentry around here at Beech Springs. Holly has called on me over the years to do everything from adding an addition onto the kitchen to designing and building cabinetry for our upstairs bath- room. One thing I discovered though is this: there comes a time in every handyman's career when he reaches that place called "failure." That place for me was the bathroom vanity. I labored on the design, construction and installation for months. Eventually it became apparent that although I could toenail a stud and even design a roof rafter, I couldn't build a nice, functional bathroom vanity. Although it hurt Holly I'm sure to ask me to tear it out and seek professional help, she was compelled when it became apparent that it just wasn't going to get done. I'll never forget tearing it out and dumping all the pieces into the burning barrel and putting a match to months of work. I felt bad at first, but as the flames consumed my months of effort, I felt a bit relieved. My mistakes were disappearing as well; and that was good. 

 

Failure is inevitable in this life. As Christians we can choose to dwell on the blunders or put them behind us; a simple choice when you weigh the options. 

 

Here's a story: The old carpenter had just finished a rough day on the job. A flat tire made him lose time, his electric saw quit, and now his pickup truck refused to start. He returned home and as he walked toward the front door, he paused at a small tree, touching tips of the branches with both hands. When opening the door, he underwent a transformation. His tanned face was wreathed in smiles and he hugged his children and gave his wife a kiss. This he repeated every time he came home from a job. One day his wife asked him why he did this every day. "That's my trouble tree," he replied. "I know I can't help having troubles, but one thing I know, troubles don't belong in the house. So I just hang them up on the tree every night when I come home. Then in the morning I pick them up again." "Funny thing is," he smiled, "when I come out in the morning to pick 'em up, there ain't nearly as many as I remember hanging up the night before." (Unknown) 

 

What a wonderful perspective on things, that seem at first, to be so disastrous; a business failure, divorce, personal dream gone sour, even a bathroom vanity that proves an embarrassment. Whether these things destroy an individual depends largely on the attitude we take toward them. You and I need to sort out why it happened, and learn something from the blunders. Starting over can be an exercise in defeat or an opportunity to put away our mistakes. Seems an easy choice when you think about it. 

 

We pray. Dear God, I come to You in total expectation of the best. I believe in miracles because I believe in You. I cooperate with You by holding in my mind the very best outcome. I do not come to You in desperation, but in gratitude and excitement of the result given to me ahead of any need. I live my days in prayer and my days bless me. I go to You first each day to prepare my mind for the blessed life. I live my moments, day by day, in positive expectation and overflowing gratitude as I witness and take part in the miraculous results. I believe that spiritual power is the most important activity that I can take part in. I give myself to it, and it gives its power to me. I am grateful and thankful for every moment spent in prayer. In Jesus Name! Amen.

 

Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.

 

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<markcbrunner@thispassingday.com> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.

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