Do it yourself fingers

Sometimes a girl has to do what a girl has to do. Yesterday I discovered a tap at the church was broken – the teeth inside all crumbled due to overuse so I went and bought a replacement and popped it on. It is funny some people’s reaction – they had thought it better to call in the maintenance
guys to fix it. My brain doesn’t work that way – the tap wouldn’t turn on, the
handle was wobbly, there was screw in the front so I had a look, saw the
problem and sorted it out – not rocket science. I grew up in a family where DIY
is norm – I think we all know how to hand wall paper, paint, demolish a kitchen
if needs be.

There is a proverb that I found in a Chichewa language group that I love (my hubby thinks it is terrible and tries to dissuade me reciting it in polite company!)

You can’t use someone else’s finger to scratch your bottom.

Some things in life we just are meant to do for ourselves instead
of relying on others to come and fix our problems. How many times do we ask God
to do things and fix things in our lives that we ourselves could actually do.
God is not our fairy God Mother, but our heavenly Father – he expects us to do
what we are able to do knowing he gives us the strength and talents.

Proverbs 10:4-5  Lazy hands make a man poor, but diligent hands bring wealth.  5  He who gathers crops in summer is a wise son, but he who sleeps during harvest is a disgraceful son.

Another proverb says: “God provides food for all the birds; but He doesn’t throw it
in their nests.”

Yes God answers prayers. Yes, we are instructed to pray for help but perhaps we need to learn to balance our requests to God with our own abilities and work.

Philippians 4:6  Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

Lord, Let me only me not be lazy – you do so much for me help me do what I am able to do for myself.

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