tools mural painted by artist John Edwards.

More Serious Than a Hole in the Wall

April 10, 2017 | Andrew Mann | Ministry

If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail. Abraham Maslow

One time I tried to install shelves in the kitchen of my small New York City apartment. I had a hammer, screwdriver, and little experience. It didn’t go well. For months, every time I washed dishes, the oversized holes in my wall were evidence I didn’t know what I was doing. Some time later, a friend who knew what he was doing came and completed the job. He had the right tools and the right expertise.

In ministry we are faced with problems more serious than a hole in the wall. We are faced with the problems of humanity. Not their problems—our problems. Every day I need food, sleep, water, and shelter. But that’s not all. I also need security, acceptance, confidence, and purpose. Jesus addressed these problems in multiple ways. He told stories, made friends, healed, and fed. He spoke bluntly, gently, subversively, and compassionately. Humanity’s problems were uniquely addressed as Jesus met people’s needs, set them free from sin, and taught Upside Down Principles for living God’s way. Then He sent us, His followers, to do the same.

Photo: Steve Hood