KEY STATEMENT:  Each person has a life skills toolbox. Skillful living demands having the correct tool to fix the difficult circumstances life presents day by day.

What’s in your life skills toolbox?

Introduction to the Apostle James:

Like Fredric James Crowell, James did not buy the Jesus story at first. The resurrection was the turning point for both Fred and James.

In today’s world James may have been a basketball coach because his five chapter book is not theoretical. “Walk your talk,” is the message of James.

Like a great basketball coach James does not say, “I recommend that you do,” but, “You must do!”

James gives us 5 “Must have tools,” to have available in our life skills toolbox.

  1. People Treatment:  be kind and respectful to all people. Don’t favor the wealthy or look down on the poor.
  2. Tongue Control:  Be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to anger.
  3. Work Ethic: Love hard work. Avoid being lazy. 
  4. Prayer Power:  Not by night or strength, your true power comes through patient prayer.
  5. Be Wise: Wisdom enables us to live skillfully. Wisdom is found in God’s Word. Mine for it; hide the gems of the Word in your heart.

Elegant Questions:

How many of the five life skills tools do you have in your toolbox?

What are you going to do to get them? If you already have them do they need sharpening?

What’s in your wallet?… I mean toolbox?