Remember the show Home Improvement? Tim Taylor loved power tools…he loved all kinds of tools…me…uhhhh, not so much. There is only 1 or 2 things that I do exceptionally well in this life, and working with tools on projects is not one of them.
Tuesday night I came home to find our mailbox laying in the yard…it’s a yearly occurrence…my attempt to hang it always has about a 1 year warranty before I find it hopelessly not serving it’s purpose by vacationing on the ground. Did I fail to mention that it always occurs during the coldest time of the year?
So yesterday morning fed up with the mailbox, I set out to build the mother of all mailbox holders. I was about frozen by the time I had cut all the wood to the proper sizes, and mounted the various pieces together. OOOOHHHH but when it was done…a thing of beauty…that puppy ain’t going no where for along time. I triumphantly re-entered the house like a king coming home from victory…I bragged to Lisa and later to Andy about how Mr. Non-handyman had conquered the impossible (ok, impossible for me). I felt really good about the progress I’ve made in my toolmanship.
Then last night I get home at about 2:30am from another long day at the church and thought…”oh I should go get the mail from my magnificent creation.” Upon arriving at the mailbox I discover a note from our mail lady which simply reads…”I can’t open the lid.” Yep, I had created such a thing of beauty that I failed to make sure the lid would still work…so this morning I was back out in the cold to fix my mistake.
The moral of the story is this. God did not create us to all be experts in every field of life. So find those 1 or 2 things that you do better than most people and concentrate on doing that with all of your heart. Continue to hone that until you go from ordinary to extraordinary…then find a team to help you in the areas that you are weak.