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Friday, February 18, 2011

Care or Beware

As I write this, we are in the midst of a major repair project.  

     Yesterday we started on a job to replace rotting floor from previous water damage in our living room.  I’m ashamed to admit how bad it was… we literally had several spots where only the carpet was keeping us from going all the way thru…the floor had crumbled underneath.  Sadly, this is not the first repair job and it won’t be the last.  We've let many places in our home crumble around us.  We were ashamed of what we had… angry that it was falling apart…. frustrated that we could do no better.  Because of this, we let things go…. what value was there is fixing what we couldn't or wouldn't appreciate?  

     Things that could have been fixed and repaired quickly have turned into major projects now.  Had we taken care of the floor when the water damage first occurred and kept the damage from getting any worse … then we wouldn't be where we are right now…    we've literally had to remove 95% of the floor in the living room and replace it as well as increase structural support for the new floor.  Not all of that was due to water damage but is more of a domino effect of not dealing with a problem when it arises.  

     Thank God we had the wood needed to replace the floor.  But the carpet is so damaged that it can’t be used so we’ll have to figure out what we’re going to do about flooring now.  The cost had we taken care of it when we should have is minimal compared to now…. not only in terms of money but time.  There were important things that were scheduled yesterday that we couldn't attend because night was coming and the floor had to get finished before it came. 

     It’s sad to see how our horrible thankless attitudes towards what we have so badly influenced us.  We didn’t take care of what we already had and yet we wanted God to help us out of our situation and give us something better.  How childish we were acting.  How on earth could God ever bless us with something of any greater value than what we have when we wouldn’t show enough gratitude for having it by taking care of it? 

     It’s interesting how God can take a simple word 
you teach your children, and convict you.  

     Then  put the same words in the mouth of a preacher to confirm … you heard me, yes…. I was talking to you.  We may never have the house that we want, we may never have more than we have now…. but we are darn sure gonna start taking care of the house that we have !  How can we call ourselves good stewards if we don't?

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