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Topic: Write an INSPIRATIONAL or DEVOTIONAL piece (04/26/07)
TITLE: THE SERVICE MANUAL
By Kathy Harder
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The first obvious advantage is the money saved due to the fact that there are no costly labor bills from the local service garage. That, of course, means no worry and tears over any unexpected bills that drain the pocketbook. I also have my own mobile mechanic and towing service at hand, tune-ups, oil changes and I hate to admit this one, but someone who regularly fuels my vehicle for me.
One of the main disadvantages is, just because your husband is a mechanic does not mean that your vehicle takes first place on the list of jobs he has before him. As you all know or have heard, you can usually spot a mechanics car by the amount of noise, smoke and parts dragging behind. My husband actually owned a truck that had to be started with a screwdriver and the only way out of the vehicle was rolling down the window, reaching out, and using the outside door handle. I won’t even talk about the duct tape but let’s just say he was pretty creative. His vehicle was obviously always last in the repair line.
My husband also refuses to spend money on fixing something if he can do it himself. One hot summer holiday, I will never forget sitting all day on the side of a highway with my four small children patiently, or I should probably say impatiently, watching my husband lay under our vehicle taking a fuel tank off in order to fix the fuel pump inside. I know he ended up being the only one who was pleased with his accomplishments that day.
Just the other day he arrived home stating that he had a problem with his work truck. After troubleshooting and doing a thorough investigation, he decided to order a service manual online to track down what was appearing to be an electrical problem. Night after night he spent searching through this online manual for the right diagrams and information that he needed to solve the problem. He had never used a computerized manual before and it seemed to take forever to find what he was searching for. If only he could find the right path that would lead him to the solution.
As I was watching this scenario play out, God showed me how similarly we approach our life problems. He showed me how we spend and unintentionally waste senseless hours and days searching for ways to solve our problems or find solutions to run our lives smoothly. How many times have we headed straight to the computer, getting our search engines fired up and humming with determination, tracking down the most painless remedies and the quickest fixes?
How often do we thoughtlessly and inconsiderately forget to first consult and inquire with our Creator and Maker? He created us and also provided us with a manual full of problem solving techniques, troubleshooting procedures, daily maintenance checks, energy saving hints, and quick tune-ups. The bible is God’s service manual for our lives. He even threw in a lifetime guarantee. Why would we not want to bring our problems straight to our Maker? He knows our every detail, He knows the roads we will travel, and He knows what our true potential can be when we are following His manual.
If only we would remember what God’s Word has to offer us. If only we would spend hours and days pouring over and reading His word when we are faced with life’s problems or looking for answers. Don’t spend needless time searching for answers in the world. Go straight to God’s manual. His word is just what you need to help you function at the level of your true potential and to meet your Maker’s intended purpose for your life. It will also help you accelerate up the mountains and take you those extra miles.
If you do not own one of God’s manuals why not head down to your nearest Christian church. There is a pastor there who would love to find a bible just for you. They are also available at most bookstores across America. Make a plan to own one and to read it often as you set out on the road of life laid out before you.
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