MEET YOUR MAKER
"What do you do for a living?" Probably one of the more common questions of our day. To which I respond, "I'm a knife-maker." And then I get a puzzled look, it's great. Most people assume I'm going to say something like accountant or real estate broker (both great vocations), but no one ever expects to hear "knife-maker".
I thoroughly enjoy my craft as a knife-maker. It combines several mediums that I love, beginning with design. I take a lot of time to sit down at a sketch pad and dream up the knives I'm going to make. From the sketch it moves to my computer as I draw the knife in a CAD program to ensure everything is perfect. From my computer the design moves into my workshop where I begin cutting out all the parts. Piece by piece the knife slowly comes together. It's a process that requires a lot of patience, but eventually I end up with a finished, hand-made knife. It's a beautiful thing to watch a two dimensional drawing become a three dimensional, functional tool.
The process I just described is something I believe is at the core of who I am. I like to tell people, "God made me to make things." It's a challenging thought to consider why you are here. As knife-maker I am living out just a part of what it means to make things. In simple terms, "making things" for me means taking a bunch of raw materials and bringing them together to make something that previously did not exist. Most of the time, that means a knife, but it could also mean a piece of furniture, a new business, or even a relationship.
It's important to me to not let my identity get overly caught up in being a "knife-maker". I am a knife-maker, yes, but I am also a husband, a dad, a brother, a son, and a friend - but the most important thing about me is that I am a child of God. I was a sinner destined for an eternity of separation from God in hell, but through the saving grace of Jesus I am a new creation.
That may sound "churchy" and "over-spiritualized", but to me, it's life and death. Making knives wouldn't mean a thing if I didn't find my identity and purpose in Jesus. This is important to share because I see my work as a knife-maker as my ministry. The Lord has given me an amazing platform through which I have met people from all over the world, and if all I have to offer them is a knife, I have left them short changed.
So in addition to a knife, I'd like to offer you the following: I believe that Jesus is the son of God, who lived the perfect life I couldn't live, and died as payment for my sins before a righteous God. He rose from the grave to show that he has conquered sin and death. He ascended to Heaven and left this earth but didn't leave us alone, he left us his spirit, the Holy Spirit, as a helper and an advocate. The life I live today I live by the grace of Jesus and the power of his Spirit.
I believe the Bible is God's love letter to us, his people. Every word of it is true, every word of it good. I have a very large heart for sharing the good news of Jesus Christ with anyone who will listen. My favorite version of this good news is found in the book of John, verse 10:10. It says, "The thief comes only to steal, kill, and destroy; but I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full."
If your life doesn't feel full, I've got good news, Jesus wants to make it more full. That's what He's done for me, and He'll do it for you too. Fullness doesn't come from a job, a paycheck, a home, or even a spouse; it comes from knowing that your value, worth, security, freedom, and joy all come from Jesus.
If this doesn't make any sense to you, or you disagree entirely, I'd love to buy you a cup of coffee. Feel free to call or email anytime to chat.
Also, just so no-one thinks I'm weird or intimidating, I'd like everyone to know that I also drink alcohol on occasion, dance regularly with my wife, and sometimes say bad words. Yes, it's true.