- Have you ever needed a screwdriver to fasten something to the wall or open something that had been sealed with a screw…and you didn’t have it?
- Have you ever needed a bottle-opener to open a bottle and instead tried to use a knife, corner of a table, or you teeth?
- Have you ever tried to do something that you were absolutely terrible at and the results were, well-terrible?
A vacuum cleaner was made with a specific purpose. To vacuum. When you lift it up over your head and begin to pound nails into the wall with it you will most likely get a subpar result. Or on the other side, attempt to remove trash with a hammer…good luck.
It isn’t that the vacuum cleaner wasn’t made properly, but it was that you attempted to use it contrary to its makers design. When used to clean the room of the messes that are all over the floor it’s a miracle worker.
And when you begin to realize that you are it allows you to live with greater freedom. Instead of comparing your skills to others and looking at other tools to find your value, you begin to look to the tool maker for your purpose and value.
He has made you for a purpose.
For many college students they are wrestling with the issue of Gods calling, will, and basically what am I supposed to be doing with my life!
The challenge is that once you understand you are a tool you can begin the arduous process of trying to understand what you have been made for. I am not stupid. A hammer hammers stuff. A vacuum cleaner vacuums stuff. But what am I for?
Many have been told that they need to go to college to get a good job. Their parents want their children to have a better life than they did. As a result of all the options that they are faced with it doesn’t provide greater clarity, but greater pain. They are faced with a buffet of options and they become deer in headlights.
Instead of living in the freedom of that relationship with their tool maker the options create greater stress. We are weighed down by the options that are presented. Spend long hours in the waiting room rather than taking the plunger. They spend years in school rather than entering the work force. Where do I go? What do I do? And if they are one of the lucky few to have something to do, they revert back to comparing what we do to others.
The cycle continues.
Seeing yourself as a tool frees you up to find significance in your maker, and the chance to understand how he has made you and then joyfully pursue it with everything you have.
Don’t let waiting weaken your faith.
You’re a tool.
Understand that you have been made with a purpose. Stop comparing. Start living for the toolmaker.