Thursday, June 17, 2010

My Pile of Sticks

Ever play a game of Pick Up Sticks where each player has his own pile and the other player advises him on which stick to pick up so as not to disturb the rest of the pile. You could advise them according to what pattern works for you, but that may not work for the other person's pile. Their configuration of sticks may be designed a bit differently. It would be best to tell them to to use their own plan - especially if it is led by God. 

Most of us offer advise based on own own experiences and life configuration. The patterns of our lives may not be the same as another. God orders different paths for different individuals. Of course, some of His principles are universally applied, but some are designed with a purpose only you and God can discover.

To assume that the way you manage your pile of sticks will work for another is assuming you are as all knowing as God. The steps one takes may not be the steps ordered by the Lord for another.

Would you want to be responsible for someone else's pile to crumble? Spiritual pride can cause us to do just that. We don't see things the way God does, and we should allow grace for others to work their pile.

"The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart." 1 Samuel 16:7


  1. Good comparison. Yes, we do need to extend more grace sometimes.
    Karen :)

  2. So true, Jan! Pride can cause us to think our way is the only way. Thank the Lord for His grace and may we have the sense to extend it to others! Blessings for a great weekend!

  3. I loved playing that game. I think I need to go get some today and play with my grandgirl.

    What a great analogy!