I love wood. There is something about it that I enjoy. Trees captivate my attention, the texture of the bark, the dripping patterns of the sap, the shape and imagery in the leaves. To me, trees seem to represent life in so many areas. Beyond trees, I love wood that you find at the lumber store. When I walk in a hardware store, my eyes light up with possibility. What kind of projects can I come up with that I can talk Scott in to joining with me on an adventure of something we can make? Typically, I get ideas of things we can make …. And by we, I really mean him. I am just the comedic relief during the project. However, there is one thing I love and I love to do, and that is refinishing work. I enjoy taking something and working on it and either making something different out of it or bringing it back to new life.
In my adventures of wood, I have discovered that there are different kinds of sandpaper for different jobs. I think people are kind of like sandpaper. If you are doing some fine finishing on wood, you need to use fine grit sandpaper. If you are trying to strip something, you need to use a coarse grit paper. Each one has a purpose and yet, if used incorrectly, each one can do great damage or be completely ineffective. For example, one time I took a couple of old doors and made a bed. It really is a super cool bed that makes you want to unlock the mysteries of the dreams of heaven …. OK maybe I am being a bit dramatic but really – it is just a super cool bed that I have a love/hate relationship with – I love to get in the bed in the evening, and I hate to leave it in the morning. So, when I started this bed project, I had to gather the right tools to prep the doors. I had to strip the old peeling paint (it had been sitting in a barn for over 20 years). I had to sand the surface to get it ready for new paint. I had to determine the right grit paper for the job. If I would have used a fine grit on the stripping process, it would have taken forever. Similarly, if I had used a coarse grit on the finishing process, I would have damaged all the work I did. There is a scripture in Proverbs 27:17 in the amplified version. It says As iron sharpens iron, So one man sharpens [and influences] another [through discussion]. When you think about it, this could also be likened to sandpaper. As Christians, we should strive to bring out the best in each other. We should strive to sharpen each other, to enjoy discussion with each other as we pursue the Kingdom of God in our daily lives. Many times, we approach each other with coarse words and gestures while using this scripture that we are just called to get the rough edges off people (yes, I have heard people say that). While we are all supposed to sharpen each other, we have to be sure we are going about it the right way.
God trusts us with the mysteries of heaven. He trusts us to strengthen His people, to encourage His children and to enjoy life together. We have to be sure we are stewarding those things the best we can. Ask the Lord if you have used the wrong grit of sandpaper with others. If so, ask Him what you can do to make it right. I know we are never going to get it all right all the time, but we can put our focus on Him and allow Him to show us how to best sharpen each other. Be kind to each other, walk in love and be a carrier of His nature.