Wednesday, April 5, 2017

The Right Tool

April 5, 2017

Having the right tool for the job makes all the difference. Years ago, I needed my 1" wood chisel for a project. When I retrieved it from my toolbox, I noticed a couple deep gouges in what had formerly been a razor sharp edge. A little inquiry revealed that one of my sons had used it to pry open a can of paint. That chisel was never the same after that. It was the wrong tool for the job.

Yesterday when I got home from a doctor's appointment, the toothbar I had ordered for my tractor was lying on the entry room floor. Today was installation time! It bolts to the bucket through holes I had to drill in the sides. I measured as per instructions, and began drilling with a step bit that came with the bar to help with the process. I'd never seen one before, and it sped up the operation considerably. It is what its name implies, a bit with cutting surfaces arranged conically from 1/4" to 3/4." Each step enlarges the hole by about 1/16," enabling the user to drill a large hole without continually changing bits from one size to another. The right tool made the job easier.

Once installed, I had to try it out. What a difference it made! The front yard is a mess, left over from last year's water line project. It needed about three inches shaved off the top to get it ready to receive the sod I plan on installing. It would take a lot bigger tractor than I have to do that with a straight blade, but with the jagged shark-tooth edge of the tooth bar, it cut through with barely a whimper. The right tool makes all the difference.

St. Peter tells us (2 Peter 1:3) that God "has given us everything we need for life and godliness through the knowledge of him who has called us to glory and virtue." Everything we need. What Peter is telling us is that Jesus is the right tool for the job of life. Of course, he is God, not a tool to be used by us at our whim, but he is the One who makes all the difference when it comes to life.

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