Measure Twice. Buy Once.

We are replacing our previous mower and Oscar Cantu said to me, “Measure to make sure it will fit in the shed.”  I was told that the previous mower had a 48” deck so I get a new mower with a 46” deck.  No problem, right?  Wrong.  As it turns out the previous mower had a 42” deck—a detail I would have discovered if I had measured to make sure it would fit. 

2 Timothy 2:15
“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved,  a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.”

As we pursue the vision to multiply and become disciples who make disciples we have to learn more about God through his word.  Here is some advice: measure it yourself.  Yes, I know you have heard some sermons.  Yes, I know you have been told some Bible stories.  Yes, I’m sure your elementary Sunday School teacher was wonderful.  However, what if what you think you know isn’t quite right?  What if it is off just enough that it is not actually the truth from God anymore?

The only way to know is to measure it yourself, or as Paul said to Timothy, “correctly handle the word of truth.”  Trust me when I say that I was ashamed and embarrassed that the mower didn’t fit in the shed but I would not have been ashamed if I measured for myself.  You don’t ever have to feel ashamed or embarrassed for what you don’t yet know as long as you keep studying the word of God for yourself.  It doesn’t matter how many times you have to measure.  Just keep measuring so that the word and your life fit together.
 
In Him,
Pastor Tim
 

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