D.I.Y. (Do It Yourself.) A growing trend thanks to places like Home Depot and Lowe's. Why have a professional do something that you can do on your own? Fix up your own house. Spruce up your own lawn.
Thanks to home kits we can dye our hair at home, give ourselves pedicures, manicures and facials. And, thank you software specialists. You give us the professional tools we need to do our own taxes like a pro. We can pat ourselves on the back and say, "We did it all by ourselves."
But, there are some things we just can't D.I.Y.
I've yet to see a home kit for a root canal. I can't say I've ever seen equipment on the market that allows you to do a bone marrow transplant or open heart surgery on your own. Those things are not meant for us to do ourselves. We need a professional.
When it comes to our spiritual lives, some of us take the same D.I.Y. approach. Why trust The Professional when we can just do it ourselves? We want to say we did it on our own. If I'm good enough and maintain a decent 'good works' resume, He'll keep me on Heaven's Enrollment List. Or, maybe we have trusted Him for our Salvation, but the rest in life we want to do on our own. Our marriages. The raising of our children. Provision for our family. Our future...
Some say, "God helps those that help themselves." But, I say, "God helps those that ask Him." God is not going to force Himself on us by any means. If we want to D.I.Y., He will let us. But, Oh the Joy that is found when we put down our D.I.Y. kits and say to Him, "Daddy, I think I need a Professional."