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You Can’t Juggle Chainsaws

You Can’t Juggle Chainsaws

Let’s face it – you and I, we can’t juggle chainsaws can we? Don’t believe me, then watch the video in this post.

We wouldn’t dream of firing up three chainsaws and juggling them. So – here’s the bit that I find intriguing – why do we try such a crazy stunt with the “chainsaws” in our lives? 

You may be wondering – “What the blazes is Berni on about this time?”

We’ll get to that, but first I dare you to watch this video!

You’d have to be nuts right? Whatever you do – don’t try this at home!

What are the Chainsaws In Your Life?

As we head out into a new year, probably most of us, in a quiet moment over that Christmas-New Year break, thought a lot about the things we want to change in our lives. Statistically, here are the most common new year resolutions:

1.  Lose weight

2.  Exercise more

3.  Drink less

4.  Improve work-life balance

5.  Work on a relationship (marriage, kids, etc)

… and so the list goes on.  

As you look at the year ahead – what is it that’s robbing you of the satisfaction and contentment that you’re really looking for? And what are you going to do about it?

For many people, there is no doubt a raft of issues. Perhaps the things going on in your life are all mixed together in a way. Low self esteem which leads to problems at work, and so you bring the tensions home with you and that in turn leads to arguments with your wife or husband – and that drags the children in because they sense the tensions. They hear the arguments. So now they’re on edge and they resent you and so that brings even more tension which in turn causes you to blame yourself, pushing your self esteem to even lower levels.

The Critical Mistake That We Make

And if any of that sounds familiar, remember you’re not alone. That one scenario plays itself out over and over again in lives and families and workplaces across the globe.

But here’s the mistake that people make. Listen carefully to this – they try to fix all the problems at once – and that right there is like juggling chainsaws.

(a) it’s incredibly difficult,

(b) it’s dangerous and

(c) you have a high chance of failure.

What’s needed here is focus – a sharp focus on the one thing that’s at the bottom of it all, the one thing that’s the root cause, the one thing that you need to sort out before you can address the flow on impacts.  

How Jesus Deals with Chainsaws

 As Jesus approached Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging. When he heard a crowd going by, he asked what was happening. They told him, “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.” Then he shouted, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Those who were in front sternly ordered him to be quiet; but he shouted even more loudly, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”

Jesus stood still and ordered the man to be brought to him; and when he came near, he asked him, “What do you want me to do for you?” He said, “Lord, let me see again.” Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has saved you.” Immediately he regained his sight and followed him, glorifying God; and all the people, when they saw it, praised God. (Mark 18:35–41)

This man had lots of different problems. He was a beggar. He was poor. He was isolated, unemployed and therefore shunned by society. He had multiple dysfunctions and alienations in his life. But he knew that the root cause of all of them was his blindness – which meant he couldn’t work. When Jesus came along – this Jesus who’d apparently been healing other people – the one thing he focussed on, was the one thing the blind beggar needed.

That’s how it is with us. We need to get down to the one thing, the most important thing that needs doing in our lives. 

And this Jesus is always ready to oblige. Sometimes it happens quickly and miraculously the way that it did for the beggar. Other times, He addresses our problems and meets our needs over weeks, months, years – even over a lifetime.

It’s a remarkable thing – whenever you see Jesus touching people’s lives in one of those four Gospel accounts of His life and ministry – Matthew, Mark, Luke or John, take your pick – He always, always focuses on the one thing that needs doing. The one infirmity that needs healing. The demon that needs casting out. The sin that needs forgiving.

Just one thing. He doesn’t try to get people to juggle chainsaws. He touches them and heals them of that one thing.

Jesus, in short, deals with the chainsaws one at a time – the most important one first!

Put them Down for Christ’s Sake

And if you’re in a place in your life where the problems and the dysfunctions and the alienations are overwhelming you – here’s what I’m going to encourage you to do. Go to Jesus and ask Him to heal just one thing. And if you don’t know what needs healing – ask Him. He already knows. And He’s already there, waiting to touch you, to heal you, to forgive you, to give you a fresh start in life.

How do I know? Because He’s done it in my life, and in fact He still is.

That’s why they call it … the Good News!


  1. Yes Berni, it is always interesting to see the different angle and opinions of what people see when we are looking at something so amazing. It could be seen simply for its danger or confusion of how it works. Or taken deeper and advising us to avoid being in a situation when everything is thrown at you. What I mostly got out the chain saw scene was a message to always look ahead at the path you are walking toward and trust in yourself but don’t over estimate the truth of the matter. We are all clever at some skill in our life but without Gods helping hand we might just lose more than we bargain for.

  2. Thanks bernie it’s focus on Jesus as the
    Juggler with the chain saws has complete focus only on his sences being amazed by such talent we could easily take are eyes of Jesus great blog bernie we give God the glory for one dayat a time and we thank Jesus for all bless you Bernie Tim &Jo Isle of Man

  3. Thanks Berni, great blog! The one thing in my life is healing and restoration for our
    family. Its been a long time coming but am seeing God move majorly right now.
    God bless!

    • Sheena, may you see some mighty breakthroughs and blessings!!

  4. Thanks Berni, a timely reminder to focus on the most important ‘chainsaw’ in our lives.
    Love your blogs!

  5. I Just Love the Blog Mate. it is simple when we accept the truth.
    Bless Ya Mate.

  6. Great blog Berni. So true – and so simple, if we’ll only accept the truth!

  7. An incredible juggler! as I watched where his eyes were focussed it seemed to me its the same for me – I must learnt to keep my eyes focussed on Jesus all the time and my ears and heart open to hear the Holy Spirit!

    • A great insight Steve. He’s looking up more than he’s looking down.

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