Every parent’s nightmare on Christmas Eve is a box with those three words printed on top: Some Assembly Required.

Don Shelby tells the story about the father who had ordered a tree house for his children. The time came to assemble the tree house. He laid out all the parts on the floor and began reading the instructions. To his dismay, he discovered that the instructions were for a tree house, but the parts were for a sailboat! The next day he sent an angry letter to the company complaining about the mix-up. Back came this reply:

“We are truly sorry for the error and the inconvenience. However, it might help to consider the possibility that somewhere there is a man out on a lake trying to sail your tree house.”

The point is clear: To put something together, you have to have the right parts and the right instructions. This is where faith becomes important. The only way you can put life together is through faith. Faith in Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, is what makes it work. That’s the way to assemble your life, to root it in Jesus Christ through faith, to tie it to Jesus Christ, to ground it in Jesus Christ. (James W. Moore, ChristianGlobe Sermons, via eSermons.com)


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