A man once went to visit a potter friend, and watching the clay come alive under the master potter's hands, decided he'd love to try his hand at the potter's wheel.  And try he did, but time after time, his "pot" flopped, until eventually, in exasperation, he gave up.

The master potter merely smiled at his frustrated friend, and told him to sit down at the wheel again.  Then standing right behind him, he placed his arms over his friends arms; his hands over his friends hands, and his fingers over his friends fingers.

"Now", he said, "we will make this pot together.  Only one thing do not resist my hands and my fingers." As the wheel turned, the man watched the pot take shape under his hands until it stood there complete and perfect.  What that man could not do alone, he could do under the hands of the master potter.

So often we try to live and move and have our being in our own strength. Everything flops. It all turns out wrong, and we're tempted to give up, at worst; and at best continue to produce something less than God's best for us, in every area of our lives.  What we need to do is turn to the Master Potter.  We need His hands over ours, guiding us as we work together with Him never resisting; always yielding under His Hands.

Eph.2:10 "For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do."