I don’t know about you but nothing gets my anxiety going like vehicle repairs. Two of our 3 family vehicles are pushing 20 years old with a combined half a million miles… so repairs and anxiety are inevitable.
Getting vehicles worked on at a dealership has always been a frustrating experience. Just coordinating schedules and dropping cars off can be challenging. Then there’s the dreaded call with a laundry list of things that the commissioned sales advisor says need to be fixed.
Knowing we needed to get some vehicle repair work done but hesitant to go the big city dealer route again I asked some friends who they would recommend.
All, without hesitation, suggested the garage right in our small town. That was enough for me. I trusted my friends and they trusted our local garage… so I made the call.
The experience was great right from the start. The owner was nice and talking to him was easy. When he called to talk about what needed to be done he explained it in a way that was easy to understand.
Best of all… I felt like I could trust him. Like he wasn’t trying to push repairs that weren’t needed.
That first vehicle repair led to a second and then to a third.
Hopefully, we’ve got everything fixed now and won’t need to go back for awhile. But if we do, I now can rest easy knowing we have a mechanic we can trust… and that our money is supporting a local, small town business.
It’s in the spirit of honesty, integrity, and trust that I share this week’s Bible verse: Proverbs 10:9 (NIV).
Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but whoever takes crooked paths will be found out.
This week the world watched as a disgusting display of hate unfolded in Charlottesville. I and many people I know were upset and felt helpless. It’s because of this that I knew I wanted this week’s Bible verse to touch on the topic of hate.
So I did what I often do when searching for a Bible verse to share. I turned to Google. “What does the Bible say about hate” is what I typed. What I found was predictable. According to the Bible, hate is not good… duh. Exactly what I expected
Verse after verse touched on how hate keeps you in darkness, how hate stirs up anger, how he who hates stores up deceit in his heart.
All that seemed too negative… so I chose a verse that mentioned hate but with a positive twist. This week I decided to share Proverbs 10:12. Here are several different versions:
Hatred stirs up strife,
but love covers all offenses. (ESV)
Hatred starts fights,
but love pulls a quilt over the bickering. (MSG)
Hatred stirs up strife,
But love covers and overwhelms all transgressions [forgiving and overlooking another’s faults]. (AMP)
Hatred stirs up conflict,
but love covers over all wrongs. (NIV)
Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins. (KJV)
In times like these when I feel helpless to all the hate in the world, the Bible reminds me to love. To love my family, to love my friends, to love the Lord. Love and pray… this, I can do! Love trumps hate!
I had several different ways I thought about going with this week’s Bible verse but I either couldn’t get my thoughts quite right… or I couldn’t find the right verse.
While searching for the perfect verse to share I did come across one that jumped out at me. It doesn’t fit with any theme and I don’t have a particular story to go with it… but that’s OK.
I just really like Psalm 105:4 (ESV).
Seek the Lord and his strength;
seek his presence continually!
I thought about why I like this verse. On one level it speaks to the power of the Lord. It’s good to remember that when I’m feeling weak or troubled there is a place I can turn for comfort and strength.
The other thing I like about this verse is that it is a reminder that a relationship with the Lord is a journey and not a simple destination. It says we should seek him continually. It’s not just a “one and done” thing.