1 Timothy 3:6,10 (ESV)
6 He must not be a recent convert, or he may become puffed up with conceit and fall into the condemnation of the devil. 10 And let them also be tested first; then let them serve as deacons if they prove themselves blameless.
Over the years I have spent hours and hours woodworking, During that time I’ve come to realize how much woodworking relates to our walk with God. I’m not alone.
Today I am sharing the 9th way I’ve discovered that woodworking affirms the spiritual life.
Wood has personality. But it’s often hidden until you cut it, bend it, or stress it. Many times I’ve made cuts on the band saw or table saw and the wood instantly cupped, curled, split, or warped. I never would have known it until I cut it.
I’ve discovered that people can look really good, stable, and godly until life offers its challenges.
• Short tempers, worry, panic, and bitter spirits reveal that the surface we show isn’t what’s in our hearts.
• When stress reveals the flaws in your character, see these incidents as God’s way of graciously showing you who you really are—so that you see your need to obey a God who can fashion you into a masterpiece.
Also, in the same way we have to let green wood cure for a good year (or it will warp when you use it), young leaders need time to mature. There is no kiln that hurries up leader preparation.
Dear Lord, we pray that we would allow You to fashion us into what You have for us to be. Help us to not rush the process of maturing. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.