Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Do You Have The Right Tools?

There was an article recently on MSN entitled "The 15 tools every homeowner should own" and it caught my eye. I wondered what tools would make their list. Hmmmm.....

The tools they listed were:
  1. Toolbox
  2. Hammer
  3. Pry bar
  4. Vise-grips
  5. Needle-nose pliers
  6. Screwdrivers (mixed set)
  7. Wire cutter/stripper
  8. Tape measure (16-foot)
  9. Electrical tester
  10. Reversible drill with bit set
  11. 1/2-inch steel chisel
  12. Utility knife
  13. Handsaw
  14. 9-inch torpedo level
  15. Safety glasses
The article found at
gave the approximate price for each item and the reason that you needed it.

This got me thinking.

What tools does every homeowner really need? Let me propose the following list of 20 tools that every home needs...
  1. Wisdom
  2. Mercy
  3. Grace
  4. Understanding
  5. Knowledge
  6. Trust
  7. Faith
  8. Hope
  9. Love
  10. Joy
  11. Peace
  12. Faithfulness
  13. Gentleness
  14. Patience
  15. Goodness
  16. Kindness
  17. Self-control
  18. Respect
  19. Prayer
  20. Christ-Centered focus

If you want to know the cost of each of the above items, it's this: Paid in Full! Our Loving Lord paid the full and ultimate price for you to be able to have a home filled with the all of the above tools. If you want to know why you need each tool and how to use each tool, then go read the Manual. Grab a concordance and your Bible and find out how our Loving Lord wants to demonstrate the use of each tool in your life. If you don't have a concordance, then visit the Topical Index at

What is tools are missing in your home today? What steps will you take to ensure that you have all the tools in working order? How will you share these tools with the members of your family?

Galatians 5:22-23 (The Message) But what happens when we live God's way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard—things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely.


Connie Barris said...

wonder what that toolbox would look like???? cool...

about bout a little forgiveness?


Sharon said...

True, we do need forgiveness, it should have been up there with mercy and grace.

Grace being getting what you don't deserve and mercy being NOT getting what you DO deserve.

Thank you Connie!