I am SO done with writing and re-writing this one thing on my “To-Do” list.
The drapes and curtain rods I ordered online were delivered and unpacked weeks ago.
And I have resolved to get these up on the windows of my bedroom and call it, “done,” today!“Let’s see,” I began muttering to myself, searching the garage for the needed hardware and supplies, “this ladder should be tall enough, tape measure, right… and, where is that… ugh… under the… here it is, the level!”I head back into the house, grabbing a pencil on the way.Putting my math skills to work I measure and calculate the “best-fit for fabulous” and climb up the ladder to make my first marks on the wall.This is the best part of the project to me. The time when I am focused and alert, feeling like I have hold of the purpose and plan… with the end in sight.
I am capable and eager to do this on my own.From my new perspective atop the ladder, I realize that I will need to use the drill to pre-make the holes for the screws to anchor more firmly in the drywall.One more trip to the garage. It takes some searching this time. Since our recent move, this is one area of our home that has lacked some organizational attention. Fortunately, the drill has kept it’s place in the original box and the battery and it’s charging pack is nearby.
I then realize, amazing as our cordless technology can be, not being tethered to a plug, means I need to have PLANNED AHEAD… I need to have charged the battery.
Unfortunately, this drill has been sitting idle for some time in the box. It is not ready to be put to use.I close my eyelids and shake my head, wondering how I could have missed this detail. It slipped my mind to think to charge the drill… days in advance.
I decided, against all odds to give it a try anyway.
NOPE! No power. Not even a “click.”
Not a surprise.I sigh. Shake my head and plug the battery into the charger and the charger into the outlet.
I sigh, again.
Heading back into the house I realize that, yes,
I will be writing this on tomorrow’s “To Do” list… again. Ugh!Well, at least all the measurements are done.
I will find a new task for today and promise to get to this tomorrow.
After my morning routine, I come home with excitement to get back to my drapes.
Everything is marked and this should be a breeze.
The ladder still stands ready and all the tools are in place.
I eagerly head to the garage and take the battery from the charger.
Placing it on the drill, I press the trigger.“Grruuu, ruuuuhh, ruhhh.”
“Grruuu, ruuuuhh, ruhhh.”
No fast and furious whirring.
No crazy power to pulverize my wall and make this job easy.
Nothing but a V.E.R.Y… slooow rotation.“What the heck?”
I am truly baffled… confused… and to be honest, UPSET.
I hate power tools.
Honestly, I hate hardware stores, too.
I have never been to one where I don’t leave frustrated.
And now I am having flashes of me…
having to go to one, and hunt down someone in a silly – too small for them apron…
and ask them questions with a bunch of “uuuhhh’s,” and “uhhmmm’s,”
in the middle, knowing that they will look at me… well, like I’m a moron.But before I brave that, do the simple.
Ok… Chill. Breathe deep.
Go to the box where you found the drill.
Get the manual.
Think logical.This is what I found…
I honestly don’t think many of us do.
Who writes these things!But if you look at my pictures…
Notice that I have the…
Yellow and Green LED = Deeply Discharged or Defective Battery.
Hmmm. I’m thinking… “Not Good.”Nope, not good.
Actually, I’m thinking, “Yep, that’s a trip to…
you got it… the hardware store… ugh.”And, it’s another day to write this on my “To Do” list… tomorrow.But it makes me think.
I need to go grab that book back off my shelves.
I read it recently…
The Best Yes, by Lysa TerKeurst.
Because I remember one chapter in particular about seeking wisdom as a HABIT.A HABIT is defined by Webster as:
an acquired behavior patterned regularly until it is almost involuntary.
And I began to wonder about my daily activities of life…
with my family, friends and anyone that I encounter…
If I find myself suddenly “deeply discharged” or with a “defective battery,”
unable to make wise decisions because…
I haven’t been plugged into the wisdom of God as a regular habit.
I don’t want to look at my life a year from now and find that I’m still stuck in this same place.
I mean, certainly I won’t be still hanging in these drapes…
“Please Lord, tell me that won’t be!”
But seriously, what if I haven’t really progressed in developing a deeper character,
a greater sense of peace,
a stronger will,
a more loving and giving spirit?
Doesn’t God want to challenge the inner being in all of us?
Doesn’t He want us to become more for His glory,
to serve others with the talents and gifts that He gave us?
And I can do all the detailed measuring and climbing up and down on all the ladders around me, decorating and making “my” world prettier…
but there will be no real power until I plug in, and get charged regularly, as a HABIT, seeking wisdom from His source, which is the Word… the Bible.
By wisdom a house is built,
and through understanding it is established;
through knowledge it’s rooms are filled
with rare and beautiful treasures.
I’d like to encourage you to make this a daily HABIT along with me.
To keep your batteries charged so that when you are in need of the power, it will be available to you.It doesn’t’ have to take a lots of time, or need to be a deep study.
Choose a daily devotional to read, an online study, or a verse of the day like on Bible Gateway or TheBible YouVersion.
There are all sorts of great phone apps and online tools you can use.
Meditate on just one verse throughout the day.
Let it soak into your mind, your heart… your soul.Or read a book based on the Bible that challenges your spirit.
And if you are interested, pick up a copy, or order The Best Yes, by Lysa TerKeurst.
It is really an insightful and enjoyable read. Be ready for laughter, for reflection and ready to live in a deeper space with God as the center.But I can tell you this…
Trying to get rid of God will never work.
Trying to work Him into your life will wear you out.Give up trying. Stop working.
HangUp your excuses.
You’ll just find yourself deeply discharged and defective.
But He won’t.
He’s got this!
Get addicted to Him.
Make Him your HABIT!
He will change your mind, your heart, your spirit…
He will change your life.
well, let’s just say, I made a few “unconventional” choices.Good stuff for my next post… Ha!