Anvil Ministries E2: Intro to Blacksmith Idioms- Too many irons in the fire

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Podcast E2 Blacksmith Idiom 1 Too many Irons in the fire

Welcome- Hello, and Welcome to the Anvil Podcast E2!
Blacksmithing Idioms – Too many Irons in the fire.

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Intro to Ep- This weeks episode is about…
Blacksmith idiums.

Why? Why Anvil?
* So many parallels to men, and God
* Blacksmiths as God/Pastors/Influential men
* Men as Iron/Steel- can be insanely useful, but can also rust.
* Forge, Hammer, Carbon, Armory
* Anvil is a tool that is an immovable object to create just about anything out of iron/steel. It is made for heavy work in turning ore into something useful.
* God, creation of man out of dust.
* Point- We were made from nothing. Only with God are we anything.
* Like raw ore/iron is nothing without the blacksmith.
* Intense heat, pressure, pounding. Need a Blacksmith, Forge, Hammer, Carbon, Armory. Need the Anvil.

So with that lets get into it…

Too many Irons in the Fire.
The risks of multitasking.

When Forging – heat, hammer, repeat. Likely to miss an opportunity to get the work done, or ruin the iron, and the project. The result is catastrophic for all the irons in the fire, and the piece of work that you may be working on that is not in the fire.

When forging something – HARD WORK. Pounding steel into a meaningful shape.

With too many irons in the fire, and taking on too much at once you sacrifice all of the work. No matter where you are in the process of the work.

Practically what this means for us is taking on too many projects. They become distractions if we cannot actually multi-task them.

Multi-tasking- Is a learned skill. Women are better? Nope. Hunter/Gatherer. Hunting. Sports. Work.

*Cell phone driving rant.

It has to be learned as one activity.

One of the keys to multi tasking is knowing which single task is the most important at that moment, then being able to switch quickly as others become a priority.

After marriage Heli school- Learning to fly.

Basic Controls-
Pedals- yaw
Cyclic- directional movement
Collective- vertical movement
Throttle- Engine RPM

ASI- air speed
Altimeter – height
VSI- rate of ascent/decent
Attitude Indicator
Turn Indicator – Specific angle to turn and trim
Manifold pressure- How hard the engine is working. Strain
Engine and rotor RPM

Clock, Radio, communication and coordination with ATC, other air craft, Rules and restrictions, changing frequencies through airspace, birds, towers, wires, weather, pressures and temps. Always have a safe place to land.

Learn by taking one piece at a time. Learn it, then learn the next. Then combine them. Eventually you learn to do it all together.

It becomes not that big of a deal because you know what to look for when evaluating what needs top priority. Because of your EXPERIENCE.

The idium Too many irons in the fire is not really about having too many in there, it is about having more then you can handle.

Don’t get me wrong here I am not advocating multitasking. I don’t think there is much wisdom in it. However, there are seasons in life when it is necessary. Times when we need to balance going to school, serving at Church, spending time with God, studying His word, maintaining good relationships, and repairing others.

Times where we may need to work full time, and go to school full time. Times where you need a season of working 60+ hrs a week.

Marriage, Fatherhood, Friendships, etc.

So practically what does this mean for us as men? Humble your self.

Every occasion where we have too many irons in the fire it is because of our Pride.

We think we can do more then we can but we can’t because we don’t have the Experience yet.

Getting pushed because You don’t know what you are capable of.

Commitments at Anvil.

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Back into topic-
Too many irons in the fire.

Some of us know this all to well.

Gas and brakes. Cart with rocket. Patients.

The right thing at the wrong time is the wrong thing.

Learning how many irons to have in the fire takes time. Often need an outside perspective to help you see it.

For those of you that may not be picking up what I am putting down –

Think about the things in your life that may not be working well at the moment, or maybe something new you are taking on, or about to take on.

Do you have too many irons in the fire right now? Don’t answer this yourself. We are great at BSing ourselves.

“The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭12:15‬ ‭ESV‬‬

“Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭11:14‬ ‭ESV‬‬

“A wise man is full of strength, and a man of knowledge enhances his might, for by wise guidance you can wage your war, and in abundance of counselors there is victory.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭24:5-6‬ ‭ESV‬‬

If you are married ask your wife. If not, maybe a close girlfriend? A best friend that wont BS you. Also your parents may be a good source too.

The point is to seek some outside council with someone you know, that knows you, that you trust and will be completely honest with you.

“For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it?”
‭‭Luke‬ ‭14:28‬ ‭ESV‬‬

With things in our lives it’s good that we evaluate them regularly. Some of us have too many irons in the fire, and some of us have none.

For those that have too many- Seek God, and godly wisdom on what needs to go. Be patient. Trust God, and His timing.

“The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance, but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭21:5‬ ‭ESV

Make your plans, but be sure the Lord establishes your steps.

Letting serving at church go?

Obviously seek God, and godly wisdom here.

Priorities and Relationships

Relationships are the foundation to everything that is worth having. Relationship with yourself, others, and God.

List out your priorities- God, Wife, Children/household, work, Immidiate Fam- Closest friends/Church friends, ministry, fun/leisure.

Challenge- re-think, prayerfully evaluate it. God should not be at the top of your priority list, He should be in, and apart of all of it.

You need yourself at the top of your list.

List vs. Reality. Prayerfully make your plans with Godly wisdom, let the Lord establish your steps.

“But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.””
‭‭Luke‬ ‭10:40-42‬ ‭ESV‬‬

To those without irons in the fire-

Bottom line, get something in the fire men. Put together a priority list, if you are having a hard time putting things on there because you don’t do much, then put a plan together – and DO IT.

If you don’t have any irons in the fire, you are likely under 30, or over 60. I don’t have the time to go off of perpetual adolescence now- another series on that one. Or time to go off on how the baby boomers feel like they have much to offer, or don’t connect well with Melineals. Again, another time…

Get off you butt. I don’t think God has much against video games, or golf, or things of leisure but if that is mostly what you are doing He has a big problem with it.

If you are listening to a podcast – God has given you a ton.

Jesus said-
“… Everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required…”
‭‭Luke‬ ‭12:48‬ ‭ESV

Show yourself a man and get a job if you don’t have one. Finally get yourself enrolled in school, or go back to school. Get involved at church. Mentor someone younger. Those over 60 have so much to offer those of us that simply don’t have the life experience you do. Share it with us!

Go, and start doing what God has called you to do!

That just about wraps up our first episode. I hope you enjoyed it, and I look forward to serving you through it in the future. Our next episode we will continue our series idioms of blacksmithing, and how we can learn from them, and apply them to our lives. So be sure you catch those and continue your journey with me as men.

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As you may know I love practical teaching, and being a doer. So here is something you can do this week to find your strength. Actually write down what your list of priorities are, evaluate it. Pray about it. Are you happy with where you are in this season of life? How does your list reflect that? Make any changes needed to the list, then live it out.

I know that I may not know you, but I pray for you regularly. Know that God is for you, as am I. You may be in a great place right now, and you may be in a very dark place. Know that God is with you. That you are His son. He knows your mind, heart, and soul. And loves you more then you can imagine.

Don’t give up. Don’t give in. Continue to fight the good fight, and find your strength.

I am David with Anvil ministries. May your journey continue…