Instruction Manual for Life

The Rowland’s love to travel.  A few years ago, we got into the RV lifestyle which has allowed us to travel from the Florida Keys to New Orleans to Mount Rushmore.  It began when it was just four us.  As our family expanded to nine, we upsized to a RV which sleeps 10.

If you are not familiar with RVs, most come with a kitchenette, beds, couches, televisions, etc.  As we were leaving the dealership of our most recent RV purchase, we were handed a suitcase of instruction manuals.  When I say a suitcase, I mean a suitcase.  In the case are instruction manuals on how to operate everything in and outside the RV.

On trips, my girls enjoy sleeping on a large overhead bunk which is located above the driver and passenger’s seat. It is flush to the ceiling. In order to lower it down, there is a certain control button mechanism which you push to lower it.  When we purchased it, I have to say it was pretty posh.  Posh went out the window fast!

I would like to say you push the button and it lowers but it doesn’t happen that way.  It never works properly. When it doesn’t, I have to go to the suitcase, find that particular instruction manual, and relearn on almost every trip how to override and troubleshoot the system.

Here are the instructions:

1. Unscrew the mechanism from the wall.  (Right there poses a problem if you are mechanically declined).  2. Press the 1 button along with the . . . . Forget it.  The rest personally is like the Charlie Brown cartoon when the teacher is talking: “wha wha wha wha wha.”

Yet, in order to enjoy the bed and have it to be used on our trip successfully, I must follow the specific instructions.  If I follow them, it comes down and goes up properly.  If I don’t, the bed will come partially down, be lopsided, or not down at all.

Our lives are like the bunk bed.  Sometimes our life is working out and sometimes life is tough . . . very tough. I found the more we get into the Word of God and live our life by the rights we have in His Word the more life conforms to us and not us to life.  We must not live our lives emotionally. We must live our lives by faith by living and meditating on the Word of God.  It is the Word of God which He has declared will bring us success in life.

In Joshua Chapter 1, God begins speaking to Joshua personally.  Before, God’s message came from Moses.  Now Joshua is leading at the helm and God begins his direct communication to him as the leader. Watch how three times God tells Joshua to not be afraid and to follow the Word of God (I personally embolden and as well as made a few notes):

Be strong and of good courage, for to this people you shall divide as an inheritance the land which I swore to their fathers to give them. Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law (the Bible/Word of God) which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it (the Bible/Word of God) to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go. This Book of the Law (the Bible/Word of God) shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it (the Bible/Word of God) day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:6-9 NKJV

God tells Joshua to be successful in your ways meditate on the Word of God. The Word of God will bring success and eradicate fear which would be needed to go forth this is thing called life.  Joshua and the people of Israel had battles.  You have your own battles and to conquer and be successful is to make sure the Word of God is before you in all matters – family, relationships, marriage, career, finances, etc.

I will be sharing over the next few days about how you can get into the Word of God and the Word of God get into you so you can be successful in all you do. Right now, I have to go back and screw in the up and down mechanism for the bunk into the wall. Like Charlie Brown says, “Good grief.”


For other post to encourage you in your walk in the Word of God, enjoy the following:

You Heart as Baggage for the Word

Meditating on the Word of God

Working the Word of GodStanding on the Word of God

50 Bible Verse You Can Memorize Now

Scriptures to Speak To Yourself About Yourself

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