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Posted: Feb 3, 2009 in Uncategorized | No Comments |

If there has ever been a stereotype about men that isn’t true, it’s that all man know how to work with tools. I’m not a person who likes to or even knows how to “work with my hands” as the saying goes. I have always admired people that know how to build things. My dad was always good working with his hands and remodeled several rooms in our house as proof. Even though he was good at working with his hands, that still didn’t stop the occasional “accident” that seemed to happen quite a bit when a hammer would miss the nail and connect with a thumbnail. Everytime we heard my dad scream, we knew what had happened. During the summer after my senior year in high school, I took a job painting at a school district in a suburb of Chicago. My friend’s dad was the painting supervisor so he took me under his wing and literally taught me how to paint. I know it doesn’t take a whole lot of raw skill to paint, which is probably what interested me in it. I remember once when we first got started I spilled an entire 5 gallon bucket of paint in the hallway of an elementary school that had just had carpet freshly laid. Awesome. After 2 hours of cleaning paint, the hallway looked relatively better. Jim (my friend’s dad) was always very helpful to me and to his credit, didn’t fire me on the spot when I wasted money by painting the carpet. During that summer, slowly but surely I learned how to paint and actually learned to enjoy it. I painted with him for the next several summers in between my seasons of Master’s Commission. Now nearly 10 years later, I still enjoy painting. I can’t count the number of friends houses that I have painted or how many times I have repainted (love ya Julie:)) our house. Currently, I am painting a house near ours on Saturdays that my in-laws have purchased as an investment property. As I was painting last week, I began to be astounded by how much of a difference a fresh coat of paint can make to the look of a house. You can make a room that is dirty and dingy look brand new in a matter of hours. As I was recently reading through the book of II Corinthians, verse 17 of chapter 5 jumped out at me. It reads, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” Just as a fresh coat of paint changes the landscape of a dingy house, so too does the blood of Christ give hope to those without. Jesus came to give us life abundantly as it says in John 10:10. No matter how far you think you may have strayed away. No matter how many mistakes you think you may have made. No matter how many times you may have blown it. God cares deeply about you and hears you when you call. The Bible says in Lamentations 3 that his mercies are new every morning. Call on his name today and allow Him to make you new again.

With Expectancy!

Corey

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