By Pastor Rod LaFEE
A couple of weeks back I told you of the car breaking down while attempting to deliver some books. The weather was cold and I just did not have time to fix it. Well, a friend called me and said I could use his garage to fix the car and he would help me. So on a Monday morning we pulled the car to his garage and started troubleshooting. We found the fuel relay was bad and after replacing it we found the fuel pump was also bad and this lead to removing the fuel tank. The fuel line fitting, according to the book, should just come apart with their special tool, never did. We finally got the pump out of the tank with the fuel line still connected and after going to 3 auto parts stores to find the right pump and then back to another one to get the right filter that goes on the end of the pump we got the car put back together that evening around 6 PM. We turned the key and it started. Now this ought to be the end of the story. As we were praising each other for such good work, we heard a funny sound in the front of the engine. It sounded like the alternator was making more noise than normal. We decided because it was getting late we would look at it in a couple of days, after all the car was running. I hopped in the car to come home. I made it one mile to the house and I could smell something like rubber. The tension belt pulley on the front of the engine had frozen up and was destroying the belt. The car was broke again. So back to driving the old pickup. The next couple of days were cold so finally the sunshine came out and another day was spent repairing the front of the engine. My friend who helped fix the car had twisted his back when removing the tank suffered for the rest of the week with back pain. Sunday morning he goes out to get in his car to come to church and his engine made that same funny noise, so now he is fixing his car. There is an old saying that says “no good deed goes unpunished.” Where did that saying come from? I Peter 3:17 says “For it is better if it is the will of God, to suffer for doing good than doing evil.” It also says earlier in verse 14 “But even if you should suffer for righteousness sake, you are blessed.” In life we will have many opportunities to help others even if it comes with a price. You loan a tool to a friend and it come back broken, you tell someone of the greatest hope (Jesus Christ) and they avoid you from then on, you help a friend and suffer with back pain all week. Arthur McPhee wrote a poem called The Gospel According to You. The Gospel of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John are read by more than a few, But the one this is most read and commented on is the gospel according to you. You are writing a gospel, a chapter each day By the changes that you do and the words that you say, Men read what you write, whether faithless or true, Say, what is that gospel according to you? Do men read His truth and His love in your life, Or has yours been too full of malice and strife? Does you life speak of evil or does it ring true? Say what is the gospel according to you? My friend paid a price to help get my car running and for that I am greatly thankful. You see it is a blessing from God to help others in need and even sometimes it comes with a price, but remember you are the one who walks away with a smile. Make this year, the year of Goodness.