OK, So, those of you that know me, know that I am very technical. What I am not, is very mechanical. Actually that is a bit of an exaggeration. I am not at all mechanical. That does not actually stop me from trying to be mechanical, though. That is usually when I mess something up.
For example, not too long after I was married, I was working at an automobile dealership. I had been watching the techs change oil and do different repairs. It didn’t look all that hard and it was time to change the oil on my cavalier. So, I thought…I’ve got this.
I went to O’Reilly’s and picked up a new filter, a pair of jack stands, and some new oil. I got the car up on the jack stands and crawled under it only to discover that the filter wrench I had lifted from my dad (who had actually inherited it from his dad) was not going to work. So, I dropped the car and drove myself back to O’Reilly’s and picked up a filter wrench. Bear in mind that to have your oil changed at JiffyLube or WalMart at the time was like 25 bucks or less. I am now up to 21 in tools and materials. So back on the stands the car went and back under the car I went. I drained the oil into my newly purchased oil pan. Oh, right. I had forgotten about that, so make the total about 26 dollars. I am justifying all of this by telling myself they are one time investments.
Anyway, I have all the oil drained out and can not, I mean, can NOT get the filter off. The filter wrench I had was one of those strap types. All it did was very slowly spin around the filter. I walk back inside and call work. This is before google and YouTube, so I was confined to asking someone. I ask for the mechanic who had been the most friendly and explain my dilemma. I could tell that he is obviously covering a chuckle. He tells me to take a big screw driver and hammer it through the filter. I should then be able to grab both sides of said screw driver and twist the filter right off of there.
So, I open the tool box and grab the giant craftsman flat head screw driver that I had also “borrowed” from my dad. Using the little toy hammer that came with whatever tool kit I had at the time. I tippity tap the screw driver right through the filter. Yay. So far so good. I then grab either side of the screw driver as instructed. I twist that sucker with all my might only to twist the screw driver through the metal and tear 80% of the filter off of the base. This left me with the base of the filter and a bunch of jagged metal. Well…shoot. I have absolutely no idea what to do now. It is Saturday evening at 6pm. The dealership is closed and will not open again until Monday. So, I leave my car on the jack stands and call it a weekend. My wife brings me into work on Monday and I work up the nerve to explain my current predicament to my buddy the actual mechanic. While I could hear the chuckle in his voice over the phone, it was not the same. Now I could see him turning red, trying not to laugh, and trying to spare my feelings while listening. He handed me a pair of bolts, told me to place them in two opposing holes on the filter and use the big ole screw driver again. Well, that solved my issue. If you were to count time and embarrassment, there is no telling what this money saving idea cost me.
OK, so what I learned during this trial (and a few subsequent learning experiences), I need to hire a professional. There are just some things I am not equipped to handle. So, I have to do something that does not come easily to me. I have to relinquish control. The same is true for life. We do a fantastic job of grabbing control and jacking things up.
It seems that from the time we are two until the time we die we have the “I can do it all by myself” mentality. If you have ever watched a toddler who thinks they can do it all by his or herself, you know once they have exhausted every wrong way to do it, they will forcefully pass it over to the adult for help. We do the same things. For instance; We get our marriage into a mess then we hold it up to God to help. That is only after everything else we have tried has failed. Don’t get me wrong, if your marriage is in a mess, you should most certainly hand it over to God. My point is, why wait? Pass your marriage over to Him now. Pass your finances, your goals, your dreams, your children, your addictions, your problems, your LIFE over to God. God is the ultimate professional. He is on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. The bad news is, the price of his service is blood. The good news is, it has been paid in full. Here is another piece of good news, the Master always has use for an apprentice. He will show you how.
We have all messed up. We have all sinned which I learned in the message “Select Arrow”, simply translates to “miss the mark”. We have all missed the mark and fallen short of the glory of God. Not one of us is good enough on our own. As even my atheist friends believe, the wages of sin is death. I mean, what else would the result be. If we fade into the void after we die, there is just no point in trying, right? Therefore, if there is no God and I can do whatever I want, then the reward for that is death. The alternative to that is this: God has promised us Life and Life abundantly through His Son Jesus. I choose that. I choose to LIVE. Though I am human and will still wrestle for control. I choose to give it to God. If you would also like to choose to give your burdens, troubles, and worries over to God, there is a video on the front page that will tell you in more detail what I have covered here as well as explain how to ask Jesus into your life.
Make me know Your ways, O LORD; Teach me Your paths. Psalm 25:4
Cast your burden upon the Lord and He will sustain you;
He will never allow the righteous to be shaken. Psalm 55:22
Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you. 1 Peter 5:6-7
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Phillipians 4:6-7
Once again, on a somewhat related note here is Pastor Beau’s message titled “Lift Him Up”.