Muddled Instructions

Do you ever read old manuals or instruction booklets? I recently read these thoughts in one about knitting.

  1. Always use the pointed end of the needle to catch the loop.
  2. Do not knit while the cat is playing with your yarn.
  3. Be polite in the yarn store. Dress well, with makeup and smile often.

You have got to be kidding me, right? No these were the thoughts of the 1940’s. One has to wonder how (dare I use the word, stupid or must I say naïve?) naïve a person must be to need this advice?

Imagine knitting while trying to catch a stitch with the knob end of the needle; or fighting a cat for your yarn. And who shops now with their own looks in mind?

Those advice givers got the wrong end of the stick! (Forgive the pun!) (Just as some do about salvation.)It is not difficult. It does not need a bunch of rules. All it needs is a person, who asks God sincerely to forgive their sins and come into their lives.

Because of the sacrifice of the Messiah, his blood poured out on the altar of the Cross, we’re a free people—free of penalties and punishments chalked up by all our misdeeds. And not just barely free, either, but abundantly free! He thought of everything, provided for everything we could possibly need, letting us in on the plans he took such delight in making. He set it all out before us in Christ, a long-range plan in which everything would be brought together and summed up in him, everything in deepest heaven, everything on planet earth. (Ephesians 1:7, MSG)

Prayer- Father God, thank you for showing us the right end of the stick…Christ. Amen.


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