How Do You Make Toothpicks?

Today we continue our 90 Day Generosity Challenge by welcoming a guest blogger...
Casey Carter.  Casey serves as our Campus Pastor at our Edgerton Campus.  Join me as we continue to change the way we think about generosity by understanding more about God's love for us.  - Pastor Matt


Ever had someone tell you something you believed only later to find out it was not true? 

When I was a kid, I wondered how toothpicks were made.  My pops told me that the toothpick makers whittle down an entire tree to make one toothpick!  I thought that was pretty wasteful, and he let me in on the joke pretty quickly before I went and did my 2nd grade thesis on the subject.

But hasn’t God been “wasteful” on us?  When I think about it, He seems to have grinded down a big redwood just to make us.  He made all of the expanse of space, light, gravity, the earth’s magnetic field (ahem, all things that couldn’t evolve), not to mention the big rock we live on perfectly positioned in the galaxy not only for our survival but for our exploration.  On paper, sounds like a bad business plan.

As if that were not enough, God creates the tiniest atomic particles charged to perfection that make up everything we see, all the air we breathe, every tree and mountain, every seashore…you get the picture. 

That sure seems like a lot of things to make just for us to live.  But check outPsalm 139 13-14:

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.  I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful. 

Looks like we are pretty special “toothpicks”.  As we go through this 90 Day Challenge together, let’s remember who started this whole generosity thing! All we are doing for others is a small imitation of what God has done for us.  Apparently, you and I are worth the investment!

Pastor Casey