A Needed Tune-Up

Here I was, simply taking a little rest on the sofa after taking my car for a tune-up.  Seems there has been some question lately about whether I should have a new car.  The problem is that for us older folks habit becomes more important than younger ones will realize.  And sure enough it was a smart thing to do.  So far my radiator has a leak and my car is pulling to the right when driving.  Maybe that is all he will find.  However, it got me to thinking, and now I am in trouble and maybe you will be also.  What else might I have that needs a tune-up?

The Lord is patient with His children, but as you would expect I am no longer resting on the sofa; instead I am running a check on myself.  What are the things in my life that I need to get more serious about and might even need to change or get rid of?  Human beings are ceatures of habit, so it follows that if I can realize the value of change, maybe I can form some new habits that might be considered valuable in the Kingdom of Heaven and pleasing to the Lord I love and seek to follow.

Just where should I start?  Being a home owner I realize that everything can’t be accomplished in one day; we must schedule what needs to be fixed or changed and then begin.  Usually we would plan how we are going to accomplish the first thing on our list.  Do we need any new parts or is it just a matter of learning how to utilize what we have?  Can we accomplish this part of our project by ourselves or do we need help?  And then, if we do, where should we go for help?  That’s enough to think about to start except just when to start.  Can you think of a better time than right now; often when we put things off we never get them done.

How do you think our Lord would begin?  We are told in the book of Isaiah that those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength (40:31).  That sounds like a good place to start and if we are lucky maybe it won’t be tomorrow.  Oh dear, bad attitude!  We are serious about this tune-up, aren’t we?  The Psalmist knew just where to start to be effective and he shares that with us in the book of Psalms - He restores my soul; He leads me in the path of righteousness for His name’s sake (23:3).  That sounds like a good place; we all need to have a good attitude before we start any project, particularly if we want it to turn out well.  But then where should we go from there; we will need parts even if we have the know-how?  A list!  We should make a list, but then we can always stall on the basis of we might need to be sure our list has all the parts we need.  Whoops! there we go again, procrastinating, but surely we need time to think; we don’t want to miss anything.

Prayer, that’s it; we should pray about all our undertakings before we actually begin.  We all know that our success in any venture will only occur if we have the Lord’s wisdom and approval.  Isn’t that what we have been brought up to think?  The wise men who wrote Proverbs told us that Happy is the man who finds wisdom, and the man who gains understanding (3:13).  I, for one, like the idea of being happy! 

Well, I guess I have procrastinated long enough; I think it is time I should pray and ask the Lord to help me with whatever I am lacking and the courage to put my hand to the plow; and yes, I should also thank Him for all the blessings He has already given me along with the knowledge that He will never leave me, that He will always be available to meet any need I have.   I guess this little rest I was thinking about has truly paid off in unexpected ways.  Thank you, Father, for your love, your wisdom and your always and forever availability.

Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” (Revelation 21:5).

Kevin Harrison

WCBCS, 7459 S IH 35, Waco, TX, USA