“When all else fails, read the instructions.”
No doubt you’ve seen these familiar words on a bumper sticker or poster. It seems like pretty sage advice; especially pertinent for those of us of the male gender. Too often we guys have the tendency to immediately lay aside the written instructions in favor of the “challenge” of assembling whatever it might be in the manner which “seems right” to us. Providing the thing works (even if we do have a few “spare” parts left over) we figure we’ve “won.” However, if the thing doesn’t perform as advertised….well…then (and usually only then) we might deign to see what “assistance” those discarded instructions can provide in “adjusting” our work.
As a Christian minister, I was suddenly brought to the realization that this saying needed some tweaking. After teaching several weeks on how Bible study is key to Christians being able to avoid repeating the mistakes of the past, one of my students presented me with a T-shirt that had this slogan prominently emblazoned above a picture of the Bible. Seeing this phrase applied specifically to Scripture, I was immediately struck with its intrinsic flaw. I grabbed a permanent marker, lined through the word “When” and wrote a new word above it in big, block letters, bringing it in line with a Biblical world view.
“BEFORE all else fails, read the instructions.”
All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness;so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NASB95)
God bless those churches where, not only is His Holy Word read, but where it is both believed and acted upon in a timely manner. Thomas J. Short
Minister to the Elkhart East Christian Church
21851 County Road 4