We who preach and write, do so in a manner different from which the Scriptures have been written. We write while we make progress. We learn something new every day. We speak as we still knock for understanding...If anyone criticizes me when I have said what is right, he does me an injustice. But I would be more angry with the one who praises me and takes what I have written for Gospel truth than I would be with the one who criticizes me unfairly. -Augustine

Salvaged Wood–Salvaged Life

A few days ago we shared the story of the soldier who made his living from sticks that others had left to rot. If you thought that account was inspiring, wait until you hear this!

Lamplighter has hired a woodcrafter to build Old-World-style bookcases. Almost two years ago, the Lord allowed me to lead this man to Christ, and the changes that have taken place in his life are miraculous.

God’s redemption has turned this man from alcohol and apathy toward pursuing a life of worth and excellence. Soon after Brian came to know Christ, he was prompted to salvage wood from an old barn that his neighbor didn’t want anymore. Thinking that he could sell the wood to supplement his income, Brian worked exhaustive hours to finish the job. Enthralled by the beauty of the wood, he began to consider what else he might do with it.

During this time Brian began memorizing Scripture and hiding God’s Word in his heart. Early in the morning he would call, excited about the new ideas God was giving him. God had redeemed his soul, and now he was redeeming his mind, and this was just the beginning.

While tinkering in his father’s workshop, Brian decided to try his hand at making a coffee table for his wife. While visiting one day, I noticed the coffee table. I was astounded at its beauty and craftsmanship. It was evident that God had given him a gift, and in a matter of days his heart began to work together with his hands! This was a turning point in Brian’s life. He realized that God had called him to use his hands for God’s glory.

God redeemed Brian and now Brian is redeeming old wood as a means of sharing God’s redeeming love. I’m sure Brian would agree that we serve a God “Who redeems your life from destruction; who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies; Who satisfies your mouth with good things . . . .” (Psalm 103:4-5a)

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