Herald Journal Columns
Jan. 9, 2006, Herald Journal
Pastor's Column

A tool that lasts forever

By Rev. Lyndon Korhonen, Good Shepherd Free Lutheran, Cokato

Some of you are, no doubt, just now trying out a new tool received for Christmas. If you had to vote for your favorite tool, the one you would give up last, what would it be?

I am looking forward to using my new racheting boxends. I have looked at them in the stores for years, but just now, found what I think was a good buy.

I remember when I bought my reciprocating saw and used it to change a muffler. Oh, what satisfaction it gave to cut off that rusted tailpipe with power, rather than to hold a hacksaw blade with a rag and try to keep it from bending.

When I bought a random-orbital sander, it made sanding “almost” fun. It was fast, and it amazingly left no scratches in the wood. But, oh, what disappointment I felt when the sanding pad wore out and I found out the company had discontinued that model and no replacement parts were available. Now, I regret having bought that brand, and it wasn’t cheap.

Also, I have come to appreciate a good quality chain saw. It is rather nice not to have to work on it each night, after I have used it all day long. That is a sign of a well-made tool.

All things considered, I think my favorite tool would have to be the Bible. With it, I can see my sin; with it, I can know I am forgiven when I confess my sins.

I can use it to diagnose root problems for others who come to me for counsel.

I can use it as my guide in every area of life and not worry that it will be outdated or break down. It stays sharp, unlike my chain saw, and so, it is maintenance-free.

And when all else on this earth is burned and consumed, the Word of God will endure forever (Isaiah 40:8).

Enjoy using your new tools, but don’t neglect that one that prepares you for eternity.

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