Not Following Instructions

My husband and I moved into our house two and a half years ago. I was thrilled to be able to decorate its interior with no restrictions. One of my favorite projects was inspired by a little nook in our kitchen- the perfect locale for my vision of having a coffee station.

Within a month of moving in, my husband gifted me with a three-tier, espresso-colored shelving unit. That Christmas, I was also gifted a Keurig (coffee machine) from my parents. I placed it atop of my shelving unit and adorned the rest with supplementary canisters and decorations. It was my picture perfect coffee station!

I was ecstatic to have my Keurig, but I knew little about it. All I knew was how to operate it. Turn it on, place my coffee pod inside, select my cup size, press the button, and voila! But, apart from that, I never read the instruction manual.

[Insert gasps, eye rolls, and thought bubbles here]

I’ve had a handful of issues with this said Keurig- the latest being that the water reservoir would fill up within but nothing would come out to brew. This left me flustered, shaking my fists, and mumbling stuff under my breath. I spent countless [total] hours starting and restarting this machine. All to continue having the same issue with no results.

Not only did I not read the instruction manual, but I am pretty confident that I also threw it away! Now in a state of panic and ready to toss my Keurig as garbage, I was desperate for any help. I began searching the internet and watching YouTube tutorials. What I discovered was that I needed to deep clean my Keurig every 2-to-3 months “to avoid any issues”.

Go figure! In the 30 months that I’ve had my machine, I deep cleaned it a whole two times. TWO! After learning this little tidbit, I followed protocol to clean it thoroughly. Then, I uncovered a properly working coffee machine again!


It should come as no surprise that I have a bad habit of not following instructions with many areas of life. I had assessed my Keurig troubles and found an all too familiar correlation with my faith struggles.

Outwardly, it could appear that I have the picture perfect faith. I read devotions, go to church, surround myself with like-minded believers, listen to Christian music, and voila! But, I admit I’m not always consistent in reading the instruction manual, God’s Word.

Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it.- Joshua 1:8 (NIV) 

I have had a handful of issues and trouble that brews. Or, things don’t brew the way I want them to, just like coffee in my Keurig. This can leave me flustered, shaking my fists at God, and mumbling words of doubt under my breath. Yet, sometimes I continue to face faith struggles in my own efforts, and without reading the instruction manual.

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.- Romans 15:4 (NIV)

When my faith is hard pressed, I, without a doubt face sheer panic. I may even consider tossing my faith as garbage. And desperate for more help, I’ve tried to refuel my faith by reading other books, blogs, or articles. But.. there’s nothing that can replenish my faith like God’s Word. Not just to be maintained every 2-to-3 months, but daily, to uncover properly working faith again!

But you must remain faithful to the things you have been taught. You know they are true, for you know you can trust those who taught you. You have been taught the holy Scriptures from childhood, and they have given you the wisdom to receive the salvation that comes by trusting in Christ Jesus.”- 2 Timothy 3:14-15 (NLT) 

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