You know your life is on the up and up when for big events, like birthdays and Christmases, you ask for things you need instead of things you want.
Gone are the days of useless, fun clutter and in are the vacuums, Keurigs, and extra sets of spoons.
You don’t realize how crappy something you have is until you use something suuuper nice.
We were on vacation several years ago and I step out of the shower.
I go to dry off using your typical hotel towel and I immediately realize that up until then, I had essentially been using the equivalent of generic brand Bounty paper towels to dry my body.
My life was a lie.
Same with my kitchen knives.
I knew my knives were in bad shape, but only because some of them had the tips missing off the end or they were more crooked than a dog’s hind leg.
My neighbor from down the street once knocked on our door holding in his hand one of my steak knives.
“Uh, I think Reagan forgot this down at the house…I found it sticking in my front yard.”
Jason, acting like that it was completely normal, reached for the knife and said, “Ah, thanks, man! That’s real nice of you!”
Needless to say, we’ve stopped asking Reagan “why.”
So my mom got me my 3rd set of steak knives since being married in 1998.
These suckers are awesome.
I didn’t realize how crappy my old ones were until I used these.
I literally felt like I was being prepped to be on QVC.
I love them so much.
As I was chopping and slicing veggies like a Hibachi chef, God dropped two thoughts into my heart.
I stepped back a bit and thought.
“Hmmmm. Well, alright then. I thought olive oil and garlic would be a good next move, but whatever God….”
Do you have a good set of knives in your life?
A set like is talked about in Proverbs 27:17?
Do you have someone who is your iron to your iron?
Who sharpens you for battle?
Who trims the fat off?
To do a little surgery in areas that you may not see yourself?
Hebrews 4:12 says (and OH how I LOVE the Message version) that
12-13 God means what he says. What he says goes. His powerful Word is sharp as a surgeon’s scalpel, cutting through everything, whether doubt or defense, laying us open to listen and obey. Nothing and no one is impervious to God’s Word. We can’t get away from it—no matter what.
Our first level of “iron defense” needs to be the Holy Ghost and God’s word.
The powerful convicting power of God is what speaks to your heart in the tiniest of whispers, but can feel like a roar inside your chest.
Be Still. And KNOW He is God.
This new set of knives I got as a present is incredible.
But, eventually, they will dull.
Hopefully, none of my spawn will get a hold of them and try to saw a 2×4 in half with it.
But God’s word. Shew.
It was alive and active to the Israelites.
It is alive and active to us today, in every culture, language, and country.
It forever will be alive and active to 10,000 generations until the Lord returns.
Y’all that’s like a coupon that never expires or a warranty that has no fine print!
His word is a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path. Ps 119:105
For them, for me, for us.
The Bible is for us all.
And it heals us as well as convicts us.
All done in love.
The last level of “iron defense” can be the people we surround ourselves with.
Your people in your day to day can either sharpen you and make you better OR
they can wear you down, sticking you blade down in the front yard of life, left to rust.
Line the people in your life up with the word of God.
His word will tell your heart if they are building you up for battle or burying you deep for defeat.