Day 3: IKEA, YouTube, and the Word of God

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All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,  that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.

2 Timothy 3:16-17

Have you ever received a gift or made a purchase of something that you couldn’t wait to use, only to discover you had to put it together first? You take all the pieces out of the box, attempt to assemble it and, as a last resort, look at the picture directions with no words (or they have weirdly worded sentences) only to sigh (or worse) in frustration? Or how about trying to save money and fix something yourself? I’ve been there. And I can tell you that my life has fundamentally changed for the better because of one invention that I did not have to put together: YouTube.

Can I just say how thankful I am for YouTube? Forget how to reset your oil change light on your car? YouTube! Want to learn how to moon walk? YouTube! Faster than you can say “Billie Jean,” you can find instructions on pretty much anything and every thing. It’s great. But then I get all those recommended videos and I follow a video rabbit trail into totally useless and nonsensical things like songs about apple/pineapple pens and getting your dog braces. Sometimes I wish there was a YouTube that just had the good stuff; the things I want and enjoy, the things that I need now and will eventually need, and even stuff on how I’m doing things wrong with encouragement to keep working at it. Someone needs to invent MikeTube!

When an older Paul wrote to a younger Timothy, there was no YouTube (or electricity for that matter.) But there was something infinitely better- scripture. And Paul said not just some of it was good and useful, like “just subscribe to these channels and study these books,” but all scripture was from a trustworthy source (God) and all of it was profitable for things like teaching good, correcting bad, and training Timothy to become a grown man of God, mature in his faith. When it comes to learning about the most important things of life- who God is and who we are with him and without him- there’s no better and complete source than the Bible. And that’s something we all can be thankful for, especially if we use it!

Questions to ponder

What’s the most helpful thing you’ve found on the Internet? The funniest?

What was something you tried to do or make and the instructions were not enough to help you do it? Who or what eventually helped you and, for you, is it easy or not to ask for help?

When Paul tells Timothy (and us) that scripture exists to teach, reprove, correct, and train us to be complete and equipped for every good work, what does that mean if we rarely open the book? Name someone that knows a little (or a lot) more about the book that you can learn from and thank God for them!

Share your faith journey!

  • Thanks Pastor!
    You tube has contributed much to the remodeling of our house!(just sayin’)

    I know we don’t say it enough, but I want you to know that I appreciate you and I pray for you and your family daily.

    Hope you’re having a great week!

  • Light fixtures … light fixtures can be such a complicated mess. Especially since my wife doesn’t like simple light fixtures, but light fixtures that require assembly. Unfortunately, in the moment, these light fixtures can pull out the not so good side of me. In my stubbornness, getting help is not an option, and I continue to wallow in anger and self pity. Just telling this story stirs the Hulk emotion in me! But to be truthful, we are blessed to have electricity that flow, a switch that controls it, light bulbs to display it, and yes, fixtures to pull it all together. I am thankful that God continues to provide, even more than electricity, but power in the form of Grace and mercy. I will need that remembrance the next time I have up a light fixture 🥺

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