Having the Right Tool Makes all the Difference!

“The grass withers and the flowers fall,

but the word of our God stands forever.”    Isaiah 40:8

Once again, a few weeks ago, I was reminded how important it is to have the right tool for the job.

When we first moved into our house almost 10 years ago, the previous owner left his mulching mower for me to cut the grass. The house came with A LOT of grass to mow. The backyard slopes a great deal, so it’s not really safe to use a ride on mower. The owner talked about the physical benefits of walking and mowing with the self-propelled machine. I bought into the idea of the exercise, but quickly, I didn’t like the mulcher leaving the clumps of grass clippings and the cut weeds to sift back into the lawn. So, I went out and bought a new lawnmower with a catcher. I wanted a reliable one at a reasonable price – so how could I go wrong buying a Craftsman? $300 bucks later and I figured I was back on the road to a beautiful lawn.

Over the years, the mower ran fine, but I found myself frustrated at how the bag would quickly fill up – and if the lawn was damp, the grass would clog the chute. But I just figured that’s the way it was. So, over the years, mowing was a job that I didn’t really look forward to. Mowing became a hassle, something to endure and survive. I even began having thoughts that I need to consider moving and buying a smaller house and lot, primarily because of the mowing and yard work.

Well, the front wheels of the Craftsman mower finally wore out. Miraculously, a tiny lawnmower repair place in Mt. Vernon had replacement wheels – so I bought the wheels and figured I could get another five years out of that mower – yippee!!  A few weeks later I drove over a huge root that caused major damage. Looked like I drove the machine to its death.

Later that week, I was talking to the Snowden’s and Ed said that he had three mowers and I could have one. He brought over a Honda, rear wheel, self -propelled, with a composite deck, two speed transmission and a heavy duty catcher. It was used but in great shape and I happily paid him.

All I can say is, “Having the right tool makes all the difference!”

The minute I started using the mower, it almost made mowing fun. Almost! The engine was much more powerful than my previous one and threw the grass all the way to the back of the catcher. The catcher is almost twice as large so I only have to empty it half as much. The two speed transmission allows me to speed up on the straightaways, so I can finish the job in 30% less time. The frustration is gone, no longer do I look at mowing as a hassle – and the best thing is – I don’t have to sell my house!

Time and again, whether it was helping with my remodel or my mower, Ed has shown me over and over how important it is to have the right tools for the job.

As I was enjoying newfound energy mowing, it made me think about our Christian faith and how critical it is that we have the right tools for our spiritual journey. Most importantly, God has given us the Holy Spirit to empower us on our way. Without the tool (person) of the Spirit – our walk of faith can become a job. Without the continual filling of the Holy Spirit, we end up trying to muster enough strength in ourselves, and we usually end up frustrated and discouraged.

As the Holy Spirit actively works in our lives, He propels us forward and we have greater ability to utilize other tools in God’s tool box – namely, prayer, Scripture, worship, and even service to one another. All of these tools energize our lives and give us a whole new experience with God.

If you are in need of a new mower – I would recommend a Honda, and you might give Ed a call. If you are need of a new heart – I would recommend the Holy Spirit to anoint you, fill you, and empower you with renewed energy so that you can experience the joy of mowing whatever lawn you’re on.      Pastor Mark


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