Yeah Right

I cut the tape at the edges of the sturdy carton and opened the lid. Covering all the contents was a professional looking printout with just three steps for installation. Two sentences jumped off the page … “This is going to be easy! Let’s get stated.” I chuckled as my brain did a quick reality check. “Let’s see, the bracket is rated to hold a 135 pound, 90-inch TV. It will require drilling multiple holes in the cement wall … and it’s probably supposed to be level.” What joker wrote the copy for these instructions?

I lifted that first sheet out of the way and found a more reality-based set of instructions. There lay a twenty-three-page booklet with this on emblazoned on the front, GET IT RIGHT THE FIRST TIME.” Suddenly, I decided these people were geniuses who knew very well the tendencies of their clientele. Stoke their innate confidence and then remind them of all the times they tried it without the instructions … all the times they didn’t get it right the first time. I found myself strangely motivated to read those instructions and read them carefully.

I’m thankful to my parents and God for an adept mechanical mind. But I’ve learned along the way that not every process is intuitive. I have dived into the assembly of some product without consulting the instructions and wasted valuable time and energy because of a missed step … or five.

Well it turns out that the manufacture of the TV mounts did a great job with their instruction booklet. Their guidance and clear illustrations made the job easy … and I got it right the first time. And … I got it right the second time, when I mounted the other bracket. Instructions followed are great. Instructions followed and experienced cause exponential growth in understanding.

I’ve heard it said that the word “Bible” stands for … Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth. Reading it won’t guarantee that you get life right the first time. But instructions followed and experienced lead to growth. Read the word and heed the word!

Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do. James 1:22-15