My Grandfather on my Dad’s side of the family was a carpenter among carpenters.  There is one subdivision in our town that my Grandfather built until he could no longer do the work.   I; on the other hand, cannot even drive a nail straight.  I have heard numerous times, “I paid for all of that hammer.”  Ha, Ha!  Precious memories.

I was thinking about some of my own carpentry mistakes.  Most of the time my mistake is in not following the pattern.  I find myself getting in a hurry and instead of using the pattern I end up using a piece that I have cut out.  Sometimes I end up using multiple pieces that I have already cut out.

You might not see the problem here.  The problem is that when we stray away from the original pattern each generation; if you will, gets further and further from the original pattern.  It even gets to the point that the end product is so far from the pattern that it cannot be used.

Look at I Timothy 1:16, “Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting.”  In other words we need to live a life that points people to Jesus.  We need to get things out of our lives that repel people from Jesus.  Maybe, you don’t care.  If this is the case then you need to turn from your sin and forsake it.  You need to get back to the original Pattern, Jesus.

So, how are you doing?


A dear friend shared a quote with me yesterday and I cannot remember who was given credit for the quote.  Biscuits and gravy will do that to a Preacher.  Whew!  Anyway, the quote goes as such.  “Pray or fail”.

This is one of those truths that is small in size; yet, enormous in implications.  Think about that for a moment.  “Pray or fail”.  Maybe you are asking yourself why this is so important.  It is simple really.  Jesus said in John 15:5, “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. ”  There it is.  Jesus said in the latter part of that verse, “…for without me ye can do nothing.”  We get too big for our britches and we think we can do it.

What would you rather be a success in the eyes of the world and a failure in the eyes of God or would you rather be a success in the eyes of God and a failure in the eyes of the world?   The choice is really up to us.  If we want to please God and have access to all that He has for us then we need to access the avenue of prayer.

Notice Luke 11:2, “And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.”  The first part of this verse is critical.  Prayer is not an option for a Christian.  Notice He said, “… When ye pray, “.  Prayer is a grand assumption.  It is absolutely true, “Pray for fail”.

So, how are you doing?