Being Intentional: DIY

DIY queen

I have a confession to make: I am a Do it Yourself-aholic.  

This determination I have to make it, fix it or jazz it up has had two great results –

1) I have a garage overflowing with projects in various states of completion

2) I have learned some valuable lessons – the hard way.  

Here are a few: never try to cut a round rolling pin with a compound saw; always put the lid back on the super glue before you stand on it and when powering up a power tool on the far side of your work space with three extension cords, make sure you have a good connection to your power source AND to each of the extension cords.

What does this have to do with intentional relationships?

Here is a question: have you ever tried to do something on your own that was just a bit too much? A task or challenge that was really a two person job? {Picture me, with power tool under my arm, bracing a sheet of plywood while trying to square the edges so I could nail it down.}  

Or have you ever wished that someone would just come alongside you while you are in the midst of it and give you some tips or advice so you didn’t have to learn every lesson the hard way? YouTube may be a great way to figure out how to repair a drawer, but it doesn’t do much for how to support your family as they struggle or how to navigate tough work environment as a Christian.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 says “Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor. For if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion. But woe to the one who falls when there is not another to lift him up… And if one can overpower him who is alone, two can resist him..”

Remember that string of extension cords strung across my workspace? The power from my outlet to my sander needed to flow through a few extension cords to get to my workspace. And they needed to be firmly connected to each other (and most importantly the power source!) in order for my sander to be able to do its magic.

Are you connected to the Power Source?

It’s hard to encourage others unless you have His love flowing through you. Are you connected to other believers who encourage you to live out your faith? They too are an extension of God’s strength and love. And, are you prepared to connect intentionally to someone who needs a taste of the love and strength of God? God wants to use you as a conduit of His hope, peace and comfort to those who are in need in your “workspace”.

Know this truth: God has given you an amazing story of His goodness, rich with experience and lessons learned that could be a huge encouragement to others.

BE BRAVE! Invite a friend to coffee and invest your time and attention to encouraging her. Send that text of encouragement to the young mom you think of who has three active toddlers. Invite the new couple you just met at church home for dinner and show them God’s love. By listening to them, praying for them and being available to walk alongside, you will have the blessing of seeing God work not only through you, but in you as well!

It’s not a DIY world. We need each other!

How are YOU being challenged to let go of the DIY in your relationships? Let us know!


{Look out, projects! You won’t know what hit ya!}

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