There is nothing quite like having the right tool for the job. But, new things and new ways of doing things come out of not having the right stuff, too!
I feel like the word “tools” has taken on new
meaning or application. I really tend to just think of tools in a very physical
sense – hammer, radial arm saw, drill, wrench, etc. But I have heard talk about
tools as creative ways we can use to tackle a situation – the skill set and/or
resources available to us for problem solving. This might be a useful way to
look at things.
There are many, many tools out there but sometimes we need
to invest in a new one for a particular need. Learning new ways of dealing with
relationships can be extremely beneficial. The skills needed to work with so
many others with such varying needs are only becoming more and more complex.
If you find yourself running into the same problem over and
over again, it might be time to solve it more thoroughly so it doesn’t keep
popping up. For example, if one is always running out of money before the end
of the month there are some ways to solve that problem: find a better paying
job, add a part time job, create a more restrictive budget and stick to it,
sell some items, or ask for a raise. These are just an example of brainstorming
and looking at the tools/ideas that are available to possibly solve that
Sometimes you have to dig around and pull out your courage, your ingenuity, or your determination. Other times it is important to have the feedback from a supportive friend, a counseling session, a walk to clear your mind, or to hone a particular skill that is needed for the challenge.
Some people start off facing any challenge with prayer. They seek God’s creative solutions. They consult His Word.
For others, seeking God is the last resort, after every human effort has failed.
I don’t know what tools you have, need, or want in your tool
chest. Prayer needs to be my first response to a situation because it puts me
in the right mind frame to work on the solution. It reminds me my place in the
universe and Whose I am. And I need God to give me His insight and help me see
1 Hear me, Lord, and answer me,
for I am poor and needy.
2 Guard my life, for I am faithful to you;
save your servant who trusts in you.
You are my God; 3 have mercy on me, Lord,
for I call to you all day long.
4 Bring joy to your servant, Lord,
for I put my trust in you.
5 You, Lord, are forgiving and good,
abounding in love to all who call to you.
6 Hear my prayer, Lord;
listen to my cry for mercy.
7 When I am in distress, I call to you,
because you answer me.
8 Among the gods there is none like you, Lord;
no deeds can compare with yours.
9 All the nations you have made
will come and worship before you, Lord;
they will bring glory to your name.
10 For you are great and do marvelous deeds;
you alone are God.
11 Teach me your way, Lord,
that I may rely on your faithfulness;
give me an undivided heart,
that I may fear your name.
12 I will praise you, Lord my God, with all my heart;
I will glorify your name forever.
13 For great is your love toward me;
you have delivered me from the depths,
from the realm of the dead. [Psalm 86:1-13, NIV]
May you consider prayer an essential tool for daily life!
PrayerPrompt: THE WEEK OF THE HOLY