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 You Have Got to Be Kidding

Do you ever feel like a failure? Joe was well past fifty and grew up with a negative self- image which set his mind into a negative mindset that ultimately poisoned every home repair project he ever attempted. He was a mature Christian who was learning that God loved him as he was and not what he did. Find out in Joes own words how he was learning how to stay positive and in peace even when the outcome of his repair project did not turn out as how he hoped.

You have got to be kidding! How come this darn saw is not cutting down the wood in a straight line. Joe yelled, feeling pressured as time quickly slipped by him. Boy I started at 1:00 p.m. and now I turn around and its 2:00p.m. Joe wiped his brow with his sopping wet handkerchief where his hair used to be. He could feel the worry lines pressed in his forehead from years of frowning over the negative mindset he had developed over all those years from failed repair projects.  His negative self-image was weighing him down like a cement block tied to his shoulders. Joe was now on his fourth piece of wood trying to cut that ever elusive straight line down the piece of wood. Joe you have to stop and go pick up Stephen from work its time to go. O.k. honey, Im stopping Ill just have to pick it up when I get back.

Joe realized he was not feeling so bad about the failed attempts he had just made to make that perfect cut. He was actually feeling calm and remaining positive and not reeling into a pit of despair because the repair was not going how he imagined it would. He was aware that his thinking was not as negative as it once was; he did not have to perform the perfect repair job. Yes, he wanted it to look good but it did not have to be precise and absolutely perfect. So Joe went on his way and picked up Stephen from work and they quickly returned home. Joe was feeling his middle section noticing he had put on some weight.

Joe went right back out to work on his home repair project feeling that it would work out well and would be presentable when the job was completed. Joe fired up his saw and cut away on the wood. The cut was not perfect but the wood would fit into the space and would fit in well with the rest of the boards comprising the deck. He hammered a few nails into the board and called it quits. He stepped back and surveyed the repair he just completed. Joe saw that the board was not a perfect fit in the space but it would serve its purpose.

The old perfectionist mindset tried to rear its ugly head and overshadow Joes positive attitude. Joe started feeling that familiar negative poison rising up in the pit of his stomach. This time Joe determined to trust God and stay in a positive frame of mind. He shot up a quick prayer and the Lord helped him finish the repair job. Joe was at peace with the result of his work which was a vast improvement from his old tired way of thinking.

 

Brothers, continue to think about the things that are good and worthy of praise. Think about the things that are true and honorable and right and pure and beautiful and respected. Philippians 4:8

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