Blood, Sweat, Expletives, and Perspective!



I have a love/hate relationship with Ikea. I love the price and looks of it, but I abhor (is that a strong enough word?!) assembling it.

And then there’s the Ikea cartoon guy. I hate him. He’s always so happy when working on the furniture. I’ve never looked like that.

Cue last night. I spent around 3 hours last night, then another 2 hours this morning, assembling a dresser for my boys new shared room. I drew blood twice. May have said one or two (or 12) inappropriate words. This morning, I finally finished the first of 4 pieces I need to assemble. I was so frustrated with it that the “what” I was doing, assembling the dresser, didn’t seem worth it.


Heart = Melted

Then I walked back into the room that is going to be the nursery for our little girl (did I mention we’re having a girl?) and saw these clothes hanging in the closet. Suddenly it all made sense. Suddenly it was all worth it.

One of the challenges in leading people is constantly explaining the “why” behind the “what.”

WHAT is the thing you’re doing.

WHY is the reason it matters.

As a pastor, I hope every single person who serves at our church understands this: WHAT we’re doing is serving people. WHY we’re doing it is to lead people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ, together.

May you find perspective in your WHAT today. Remind yourself of WHY it matters.

PS – After 4-5 hours of literal blood, sweat, and expletives, I got it done. Thanks Mike for your help!