My Worst Job Ever

I think we have all had one(or maybe more than one) job that would qualify as awful! Right after I graduated high school, I got a new and exciting job at a local store. I was so excited for this new position even though I didn’t know exactly what I’d be doing. I showed up on Monday morning ready to work and boy was I surprised, my new position was in the warehouse sanding, painting and assembling huge industrial shelves. I wasn’t strong enough to sand the shelves much less assemble them. This was a job that I was not well suited for because I did not have the skill set, or the muscles, needed to complete my work. I tried to do the job, but I just couldn’t.
I recently read a verse in the Psalms that reminded me of my not so favorite job, Psalms 127:1 “Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain.” How many times have I decided to build something for God without asking Him first? As I think back there are many. I showed up at the building site with my tools and plans only to discover I was three streets off from where I needed to be. I had the best of intentions but this wasn’t even my job site, it belonged to someone else. I’d like to tell you that once I discovered my mistake I immediately packed up my tools and set off to find my own build site but many times I didn’t. I tried to use my gifts and my tools in an area I wasn’t even supposed to be in and wondered why my plans weren’t working. Just like the awful job I had, I was trying to build yet my labor was in vain, I just couldn’t do it. I had forgotten some critical pieces of information about the building process, I can’t build a house all by myself and I can’t build it on someone else’s property.  I can work all day every day on my building but if I’m not in the place God wants me, building alongside Him then my work is completely and totally in vain. When I’m not where God wants me and I’m trying to do everything on my own this is where the discouragement and disillusionment sets in. And then I just don’t get why my great and wonderful plans aren’t coming together. That’s when I have to go back to the drawing board and begin again. I have to locate where my build site is and start with God and His plans, not mine. Then I am ready to build!! What have you been trying to build on our own?

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