A USEFUL TOOL! As I was preparing my wife’s breakfast this morning, you heard me right I was preparing my wife’s breakfast; I began to think about the tools I used to prepare her breakfast. Now, I don’t recommend that you think too much when preparing breakfast because this can lead to common things like water or milk boiling over or instances of losing track of time that you really need to pay attention to. When preparing cream of wheat my mind can really wander sometimes because it is a mindless task to stir cream of wheat for two minutes and thirty seconds. My wife doesn’t care for the microwave version. The real key for my wife is how much butter, cream and sugar I add to the bowl after the cream of wheat is there. But I digress because what I was thinking of today was the pot I used to cook the cream of wheat. We have had that stainless steel pot for over thirty years. It has moved from city to city and state to state and it has been faithful to the task assigned to it. It looks almost as good now as it did when we purchased it. It does its job and it keeps its lid on when placed there and it cleans up easily and stores nicely. This is a great pot or is it a pan? I am not really sure of the distinction between pots and pans. When cooking it helps to have very useful tools to do the job.
The bible verses that have guided my life are found in Ephesians 2:8-10 and they read like this in the NIV version, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” I have never forgotten that my salvation is entirely by God’s grace including the faith to believe. I could never do anything to earn my salvation or to keep my self saved. That is God’s gift to me. I have also never forgotten that God has created me as a vessel or tool in Jesus’ body, toolbox and kingdom to do the tasks which God created me for and prepared the way for me to do. The pot I take off the shelf and then use to fix my wife’s breakfast never complains and is always faithful to the task. I pray that I may always be as faithful to the task God has for me to do for Him as that pot is for me and I pray that God will help me to complain less and praise Him more.