The Lumber Pile

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Several years ago I began constructing a workshop, or doghouse as my wife refers to it.  After the foundation was poured and finished, I began preparations for ordering materials.  During this time I was given unused lumber left over from a house being built down the street.  I was told that if I didn’t use it that it would eventually be pushed into a pile and burned.  So I went the site to check it out.  There were 2×6’s, 2×4’s, plywood, OH MY!  I was in an euphoric state of bliss!  Suddenly my materials list became much shorter – saving me loads of money.  How I loved my newly found lumber.  Oh the potential!  New saw horses, trusses, maybe even a workbench!

As I made plans for my wood, I couldn’t help but think – people are a lot like this pile of lumber.  The wood is of value by itself, but I was preparing it for greater use.  In the same way, we as people are of value regardless of performance, yet we were not created just to lie in a pile.  We have been created not merely to be…but to become, to grow, to learn, to develop skills, to love, to serve, to become temples of God.

  • “Serve the LORD with gladness…” (Psalms 100:2)
  • “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord” (1 Corinthians 15:58)
  • “With good will render service, as to the Lord, and not to men,” (Ephesians 6:7)

Just think, if I had left that lumber were it was, it would have had a greater chance to become damaged, warped, rotted or destroyed by termites and eventually would have been pushed in a pile and burned.  Jesus tells in John 15:6, “If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away as a branch and dries up; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire and they are burned.

God has a plan for us all.  Let’s become what he created us to be – servants for Him!

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