Nothing Wall Putty Cannot Fix

Nothing Wall Putty Can't Fix

Here is something you may not know about me - I love to build and fix stuff. I am not particularly good at it, but buying this house has given me lots of opportunities to learn. I am becoming very familiar with a very charming Australian handyman on Youtube. My Dad gifted me some of his hand me down power tools and let me tell you, I am getting pretty good (please call me for any of your handyman needs - ha ha ha).

A couple of nights ago I decided to hang a shelf in my bathroom. I bought the hardware at Home Depot and I cut a piece of pine to make the top of the shelf. First I needed to take down the towel rack that was hanging on the wall. I am not sure if you have ever had the pleasure of removing a towel rack - or if all towel racks are this kind of ridiculous, but I could not find a screwdriver small enough to unscrew the TINY little thing to release the rack from the wall mount. Ugh.

Here is something else you many not know about me - things like that make me irrationally mad.

So, after what seemed like hours (and was probably really more like 3 minutes), I ripped the towel rack off of the wall. This was very gratifying in the moment, though not so rewarding when I realized my fit of strength created a significant hole in the wall. I wanted to throw the towel rack across the room. But hey, at least all those workouts are doing something, right? After staring at the hole a bit, I thought, "I know how to patch a wall…” So back to the garage I went, grabbed the putty stuff, patched the hole and would texture and paint it later. I persevered and proceeded to measure and mark the holes for my shelf.

Things were going so well until I accidentally dropped the drill bit and extender on my clock. Glass went everywhere.


Once again I found myself really mad. It was at this point I decided to throw ALL of it in the trash. But instead, I took a break, persevered and finished hanging the shelf. And you know what, it is even level(ish). I painted over the hole in the wall and you can definitely see it... back to youtube I go... but I am proud of that silly shelf.

As I was thinking about the whole hour-plus long process that should have taken ten minutes, and how embarrassingly mad I was (and how much I overreacted by hulking the towel rack out of the wall) - I started beating myself up pretty good.

Do you ever do that?

Some of the thoughts I was having reminded me of thoughts I have when I fall short as I follow Christ. The enemy would have me believe that I should just give up, in a fit of shame or rage or resentment.

But, I say no.

I ask God to help me take every thought captive to obey Christ. I keep going and remind myself:

For we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but those who have faith and preserve their souls. Hebrews 10:39

I thank God for His mercy and salvation and put one foot in front of the other. I do not know why, but it is on my heart to tell you today to keep going. Take a new grip, He who calls you is faithful.

I am praying for you-I mean that.
If there is something specific I can be praying, please let me know.

What is your “shelf”? What are the things you look at and smile because you kept going - despite the setbacks, despite the anger? What are the things God has and is delivering you from? Share a few examples with your kids. I cannot tell you how important it is that we share our stories with those around us that He may be glorified!
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