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Measure Twice, Cut Once

Posted by Sam Coleman on

My dad taught wood shop at our local high school when I was young, so I grew up helping him work on a lot of projects around the house. I picked up a few things along the way. I learned how to swing a hammer with confidence to drive a nail. I learned the appropriate, or rather inappropriate, words to say after that confident hammer swing lands on your thumb (sorry Dad…). I learned how to run a circular saw at a frighteningly young age. I learned how to read fractions on a tape measure before I learned them in school. And I learned an important saying when using that tape measure: “Measure twice, cut once.” 

As an impatient kid I never wanted to measure twice. I knew how to measure and I thought I could mark the spot to cut without having to do it twice. But after cutting a few too many boards short, I learned the importance of the saying. If you cut a board too long, you have to waste more time measuring and cutting it a second time. If you cut a board too short, it’s not longer good for the project you’re working on. It can be especially frustrating if you bought just enough wood for the project so that any error in measurement would lead to another inconvenient run to the local hardware store (after a few more of those inappropriate words…). Measuring carefully ensures that what you intend to cut is what is needed to be cut.

God used careful measurements in creation, as we see in Psalm 104:5-9:

He set the earth on its foundations, so that it should never be moved. You covered it with the deep as with a garment; the waters stood above the mountains. At your rebuke they fled; at the sound of your thunder they took to flight. The mountains rose, the valleys sank down to the  place that you appointed for them. You set the boundary that they may not pass, so that they might not again cover the earth.

The creation around us is the handiwork of our Lord. It was created to His exact specifications. In the same way, we are the handiwork of our Lord. He has carefully crafted each one of us with a purpose and with the talents and passions to fulfill that purpose. When creating us, he measured twice and cut once. 

In order to fulfill our God given purpose, though, we must work with God. When I helped Dad work on projects at home, he guided my every step. When I cut lumber, it was only to his specifications. In every moment of uncertainty, he was right there. In every moment of confidence, he was right there. In every mistake, he was right there. God is beside us in the same way as we work on building His kingdom. If we look to Him for guidance, then we can be assured that our work is not being done in vain.

We have some amazing opportunities to work alongside God in 2019 to build His kingdom in Union City. The excitement around the Second Mile Center is growing, but we need workers to help reach our community. How has God gifted you? What passion has He given you for His kingdom? How can you utilize those gifts and passions to build His kingdom? The Second Mile Center is a great place to discover and use those talents for God. I truly believe God is ready to do a great work in our community. Don’t you want to be a part of it?

If God has placed a passion in your heart for a need in our community, we would love to help you discover how to meet that need at the Second Mile Center. Call, text, email, or just pull me aside sometime and I’d love to help you prayerfully seek God’s guidance for your talents.

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