Gina Caswell Kelly
Do you ever give much thought to how God equips us for the journey? We have all been through lots of things in our lives, and how we deal with them shows how well we have allowed God to equip our tool belt, so to speak.
I was talking with my youth group other night about things I have experienced in my life. None of what I have been through was a surprise to God. The same is true with you. All of the confusion and turmoil and concern we are feeling in our nation and world right now are not taking God by surprise. He knew all this was coming. That is why He had plans to equip us for the journey. But, we have created a problem with this plan. We have not been paying attention and picking up the tools along the way.
God has issued each of us a tool belt. In that belt, He planned to place Godly wisdom, guidance, courage, strength, compassion, mercy and grace just to name a few. He knew He had a great plan for all that is facing us today.
When I was not yet born, God knew what would be in front of me. He knew that a Shetland pony named Silver was going to throw me one day. He knew that various boys would enter my life and they would not be who He had for me. He knew that I would experience painful loss in my life. He knew that I would be blessed with two wonderful children and equally wonderful grandchildren. He knew I would be standing here today trying to make a difference in your life with the words He would give me. He knew all this, so He picked out a tool belt for me.
Now I am more fortunate than some. I had parents who taught me early on to follow God. They taught me I needed Jesus as my Savior. They taught me to read God’s Word and to talk to Him daily. Because of that, my tool belt is fairly well equipped. Oh, it is equipped alright, but that doesn’t mean I always pull out the right tool! I tried hard to be sure my children were equipped as well. I tried hard to point them to the Savior and be sure they began to fill their tool belt for the life ahead of them.
What I don’t understand today is how we have raised so many people who have no clue they even have a tool belt made just for them! I don’t see people pulling out Godly wisdom, or compassion or mercy. I don’t see people attacking each day with God’s guidance and His grace. I see so many people who are going to work each day with no tools available for the job at hand!
It is not too late! Think about what tools you need for the day. Start now asking God to help you find those tools and have them ready. Get your kids ready for the work in front of us. Because believe me, we, as Christians have quite a mess on our hands. A carpenter doesn’t pull out a hammer when pliers are what he needs. By the same token, we have to be prepared and ready with the right tool for what is placed in front of us.
Parents, if you do not hear anything else I say today, hear this: Be sure that your kids have Jesus as their Savior! This is the number one, no contest, most important decision they will ever make. And then, be sure they are filling their tool belt with the gifts and the tools that only God can give.
Our world, our nation, our community needs people ready and willing to rise up and make a difference! Be that difference maker yourself and raise your children for that same purpose. Start now acquiring the tools that only God can give. Buckle up that tool belt on. Stand in the gap and say “It begins here. I will do what I can to make a difference today! Whatever it takes, God, I am here to do Your will.” It will make a difference!