Building

Over the past 10 years or so I have become a builder or sorts. I haven’t built a whole house from the ground up…not yet…but I have renovated 3 and learned a great deal. I’ve also built some furniture and smaller stuff like birdhouses and boxes of various kinds. I really enjoy working with wood and hope someday to have a real workshop, not just a corner of a garage…some day…

The biggest thing I have learned is that planning is everything. Without a good plan you end up with corners that do not match, angles that are not straight, a lot of wasted material, and shoddy work that will not last. I know because I keep a pile of miss-cut wood in my garage workshop that we periodically enjoy in the fire pit. I have gotten better over the years, we do not enjoy wood-shop bonfires as often as we once did. I have learned to be a planner. I did not want to spend hundreds of dollars on a dining room table, so I spent months looking at different tabledesigns and then more months drawing it out in my mind where I can actually have a 3-D schematic that I can rotate at will to see how everything needs to fit – imagination is the real CGI. Then I spend weeds making paper drawings and listing measurements, a couple weeks building and finishing and end up with what you see here…

My wife wanted a sideboard to match the dining room table…20170730_122639

As a 21st wedding anniversary gift she wanted a new queen bed, so I went through the same process and ended up with this…20170701_091905

Now she’s talking about chairs to match the dining room table…I’m working on that one – not quite to the imaginary CGI yet. (you’ll notice, most of what I do I do for her…she is my life not just my wife, and is in many ways the one who makes me a better man…I am happy to oblige.) I also need to build a couple of night stands and maybe some smaller end tables among a few other smaller projects that are brewing…hmmm…

None of this would happen if I did not learn to plan it out ahead of time. Details can make or break a project and for a big-picture person like myself, it has been a long process and many workshop bonfires to get to the place where I value the plan and take the time to work it out. This is not just that starting point for a successful project, but it has been a life lesson as well. So often we jump into something without really thinking it through. We fly on the wings of emotion and conjure up imaginary scenarios of how it will be, then when we finally get there we find holes and cracks and mismatched pieces held together with little more than Elmer’s glue…fodder for the workshop bonfire. “The plans of the diligent lead surely to plenty, but those of everyone who is hasty, surely to poverty.” Proverbs 21:5

There are many ideas and theories out there about where Christianity has been, where it is, and where it is going. So many people have it all worked out and claim to see the end from the beginning, even claiming to know the dates and times. I guess my approach is to wait and see, be ready and alert, make plans but be willing to adjust them…and follow. “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.” Proverbs 14:12 I don’t understand a great many things, but I know the one who does and has it all planned out down to the last hair on my head…and he does not have pile of miss-cut wood in his workshop…

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