Start the next part of your journey. Go far close to home at McDowell Tech, the 6th best community college in the USA

Seek Instruction

By Doug Harrell

Mitchell CountyDoug Harrell


How often have you tried to assemble something and not read the directions?  I think it is maybe more of a man thing than a woman, but I am not sure of that.  We tend to grow up with this “please mother I can do it myself attitude, even as a two-year-old!  Then the teenage age years, oh boy, at that point we know so much more than our parents ever thought about.  Finally, around our mid-thirties, we begin to realize that mom and dad knew a few things.

Many times, we hit life like a whirlwind and make some horrible decisions that have a lasting impact on our lives.  We need to all understand that throughout our lives, we do have a set of instructions for assembly to go by, if we will but take the time to read them.  Oh, the heartache we can alleviate if we will just take the time to read them.

 “For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.”  Romans 15:4 KJV

“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.”  2 Timothy 3:16-17 KJV

Rest assured my friends that you have no idea what each day will bring you. Your plans are of no real consequence because the Lord can change it all in a literal heartbeat.  He is the one operating the controls, not you. Trust and faith in His will are paramount in you being able to face each day with joy and gladness regardless of the circumstances.  We can be planning to build bigger barns but as the Bible tells us, that can be for naught.

And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”  Luke 12:18-21 KJV

Having faith and being willing to let go and let God is the key thing in our lives.  Look up and see what the plans God may have for you each day.

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”  Jeremiah 29:11 KJV

God is always directing and redirecting our lives each day and each moment of our lives, have faith, and relax, be willing to listen and respond.  You may be getting ready to move in an entirely different direction today.  We don’t know, but if we are willing, God can make a way that we may not think possible.

“Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.”  Isaiah 43:18-19 KJV

Take some time today and every day to read the manual, it will make life so much easier and you won’t have lots of bolts and nuts left over when you finish the race.

To God be the glory.  ️


Doug Harrell is a life-long resident of Mitchell County, Owner of Harrell Hill Farms, a member of Bear Creek Baptist Church and former publisher of Blue Ridge Christian News. You can find him on Facebook at

Find more Life Lessons at