Some Assembling Required

A few weeks ago, I did something very “adult-ey.” I bought, and built a bookshelf all myself. You see, I had been storing my books in  a plastic bin, but as my collection grew, books began to pour out of the bin, had planted themselves all over the floor. I chose this shelf solely based on the fact that it appeared easy to assemble, but as I started to pull the pieces out of the box, I realized that this shelf would take way more effort than I intended. Not gonna lie, I was pretty annoyed. I just wanted to snap a few things together, and have a perfectly built shelf for all my books to rest on. That’s when the gears in my brain started turning, and this blog post came about.

Work defined in the Webster’s Dictionary is: activity involving mental or physical effort done in order to achieve a purpose or result. The key word here is “effort”. I think a lot of times we forget that results = work. Today especially, we have become entitled, expecting things to be handed to us without doing any kind of work to receive them. There is not a single thing on this earth that came to be without work. Nothing comes out of nothing, but all things come out of something.

This is where our relationship with the Lord can get a little messy. How many of us, accepted Christ, and then expected everything to change over night? I’ll speak for myself when I say that I STILL sometimes find myself in this position. “Well I’ve got God, so its gonna work out.” I say as I lay in my bed doing absolutely nothing.

I remember the beginning of this school year. I was desperately in need of a job after one didn’t work out. I’d come home after school everyday, laying in my bed and in my misery. When I should have been submitting applications and making phone calls, I did absolutely nothing. One day I prayed out to God, “Where are you? Why is nothing happening?  I NEED A JOB!!” Then it hit me! God was waiting on me to make the first move, to put my faith into action.

God never promised that our walk with Him would be easy.  He said it plain as day that there would be trials and tribulations. "I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." | John 16:33

The cool part about all of this is that we know how the story ends. The victory has already been won, the hardest part already taken care of. Some once told me, “God’s already done the hard part, and you just have to do the busy work.” All things require effort, work, and dedication. And while sometimes that work feels crappy, its work that is worth it!

We must not look at this life as something that comes perfect right out of the box, but something that requires some assembling.

“All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.” | Proverbs 14:23

Love always,
Destinee  Nicole