Life’s Instruction Manual

Life’s Instruction Manual

Do you read the instruction manual before using your new toy or setting up what you just bought?  Or perhaps you just dive in and see how it goes.  If you get stuck, then maybe, as a last resort, you’ll find the instructions, assuming you haven’t tossed them out.

Have you ever wished that life came with an instruction manual? Well if you did, there is good news; we have one.  In fact, it covers every facet of life, and if followed guarantees a better, more enjoyable and peaceful life.

Why am I writing this post?  Well, it’s quite simple really; I’m watching something happen with my kids as it relates to reading instructions.  For whatever reason, I’ve always been one of those that has to read the instructions before setting something up.  Since my kids were born, the first thing we do is read the instructions.  At first it was a little hard for them as they wanted to tear right in, but after time, they began to see the benefit.  Things worked the first time.  They knew all of the features of the toy.  They didn’t miss out on anything.  They were, in fact, happier, and enjoyed whatever it was much more.

Here’s where I may loose some of you, as I’m about to bring up a word that turns many people off, so let me just ask you to keep reading till the end as there is a point in it for you. Before my oldest could speak, I’ve called God’s Bible, “Life’s Instruction Manual”.  They see mom and dad reading it and talking about it.  My kids have heard it as part of their vocabulary, and now are thinking of it as a resource, at least the oldest two are (the younger two haven’t started to read yet).  The Bible speaks a lot about wisdom and understanding, what it is and how to get it.  My kids picked up on that part of the “instruction book” and talk a lot about what they do and if it is wise or not.  Another example is when my oldest was scared and couldn’t sleep because of seeing something about earthquakes, she turned to the Bible and found peace.  They are also understanding that true love is not a feeling but a set of actions that you choose to do.  By making those choices you get the feeling.  There are many, many more examples that I could give you, but you get the idea.

As an adult, I am still amazed by how much about life is contained in the Bible. From relationships and marriage to creating a life plan, developing a successful career, how to handle money, even how to resolve conflicts between two friends.  The Bible is a complete instruction manual for successful living; ironically, even for those that don’t believe it was written by God.  What did I just say?  You heard me correctly, you don’t even have to believe that the Bible was the inspired writing of God to enjoy some of the benefits contained in the book. Truth is truth right? Or to put it another way, the laws of life and nature keep working even if you don’t believe in them, and that my friends is a big part of what the Bible is; a Book about how life and nature works.  Of course for the believer it’s also a Book about how life begins, ends and a possibility of an eternal future.  Both for adults and kids…

Christ Follower, Fortunate Husband, Home-school Dad, Blessed Dad of 4, Bible Reading, Video Game Enthusiast, AFOL, Worn Out & Fully Redeemed.

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3 thoughts on “Life’s Instruction Manual

  1. How True Richard! I sit here at my father’s desk, surrounded by the Bible verses he posted on his walls, within in daily sight, that guided him through all the decisions and tasks of 77 years on this earth. Now that he’s gone to heaven, just a few days ago, I am so grateful that he taught me and my brothers that the Bible is our instruction manual. Being an engineer, Daddy always read the instructions. Now, with deep sorrow in my heart that he is gone, I turn back to my instruction manual and find so much comfort and wisdom for each step we need to take without him from here on out. Thank you for this good reminder. I can testify to its truth as I could not endure this pain without leaning on the fact that God collects my tears in a bottle (Psalm 56:8), that Jesus knows the pain of being separated from His Father (Matthew 47:26, and that God gave us His Holy Spirit to dwell in us so He can personally and immediately comfort us (John 14:16, 17). In that last passage, He assures us He won’t leave us orphans, He will come for us. Though my mother is still with me, I miss my Daddy so much and yet, I know through the Bible that Jesus knows exactly how I feel and He planned to be with me through this time of sorrow. I couldn’t live without my BIBLE!

  2. To your point:

    “As an adult, I am still amazed by how much about life is contained in the Bible. From relationships and marriage to creating a life plan, developing a successful career, how to handle money, even how to resolve conflicts between two friends.”

    Too bad it leaves out motherhood from the experience of mothers and the life of women. If you have a text about life that very noticeably leaves out 1/2 of the world’s population don’t you think you may have a very biased view?

    I’m writing content on my blog that would be worthy of scribbling into the margins of your bible. I’ll recommend reading “If Jesus’ Mom Was A Mama Grizzly” on my web-site (easy to find on the sidebar or archives). I would really enjoy your thoughts on that post.

    Best regards,

    • Hi Heather, thanks for your comment.  I will check out your blog, and leave a response to my thoughts there.  I’m not sure I understand what you mean when you say the Bible leaves out mothers and their lives.  To just name a few, Mary, the mother of Jesus; Sara, the wife of Abraham; Rebekah, the wife of Issac;  All three women were pivotal in God’s plan for salvation.  So much so, that women often carried the blood line of Jesus…..there are many more: (Miriam led the women in the exodus; Deborah led the nation of Israel; Huldah a prophetess, etc).

      Perhaps you are thinking of a particular topic, or you feel that God may not care for you in a particular way you need…can you elaborate?