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Out of Gas
Susan and I entered into
our marriage with equal assets and liabilities. I had an old Ford Courier
pick-up and she had a Mazda sports car. She owed some money on some family
land in Colorado and I owed a couple thousand dollars on my student loan
The debts were more permanent
than the automobiles. It was probably about ten years before we paid off
both those debts. That's all right though, I consider them good investments.
We still enjoy the use of the family property during the summers and my
mind is still functioning (it is good to own your brain free and clear).
The automobiles? Now that's a different story.
Within the first year of
our marriage, the car was totaled in an accident, and the pickup threw
a rod. We fixed the pickup and got another car.
I was glad to get rid of
that old Mazda--I never liked it. For one thing, it was hard to get into
the car. God designed my body for a pick-up truck, not one of those low
riding sports cars. But the real reason I didn't like that car is because
the gas gauge didn't work. I can't tell you the number of times Susan called
me from a pay phone for me to pick her up after the car ran out of gas.
It is a real feeling of helplessness
to have to stand beside a multi thousand dollar car that won't run because
it needs a couple of bucks worth of gas. She'd raise the hood, call me
and wait beside the car until I arrived.
Ever been there? Have you
ever run out of Spiritual energy? Too bad we don't have a spiritual gas
gauge, but then again, maybe we do. Next time we get that "stressed
out" feeling, perhaps we should take it as a warning that we're running
low on fuel and find a way to fill our tanks.