Misuse unwarrantedJust about any warranty contains a misuse clause, which voids any protection of an item if it is mistreated.
By: By Pastor Mark, Superior Telegram
Just about any warranty contains a misuse clause, which voids any protection of an item if it is mistreated.
The idea behind this is items made for one purpose rarely hold up if used for another. We learn this when we attempt to substitute a screwdriver for a chisel or a knife for a pry bar.
The reality of misuse comes into play with people whenever we use ourselves for what we were not created.
God created each of us for a general and specific purpose. In general, we were created to bring God pleasure. In specific, God created us with unique abilities to fulfill certain responsibilities within the world.
Problems arise when we choose to use our lives for something other than they were designed for, like seeking the pleasure of something other than God or expending our talents and energies on activities outside our purpose. The wheels come off our figurative wagon. We do not work as well, or no longer function at all.
Our first reaction is to hold the creator responsible. Like with our warranted items, we feel we should have been able to hold up to the misuse to which we exposed ourselves. God should have designed us differently, or repair us so we can withstand our self-imposed abuse.
However, before we line up at the complaint department of prayer, maybe we should learn the proper use of our existence. We might discover that we function better and last longer if used properly.
Pastor Mark Holmes is an ordained minister in the Wesleyan Church and has served the Darrow Road Wesleyan Church since 1997.