9-8-2019 Life's Challenges


September 08, 2019


Have you ever had a tiny insignificant item mess up a major project? I have. I bought Weather Tech® mud flaps for my new to me Explorer this week. They’re designed for the specific make and model of vehicle so they come predrilled to fit existing screws in the wheel well and are form fitted to the body shape. They’re really very nice accessories and I hope to add some defense against road damage to the vehicle over the course of its life.


The rear set went on like a charm. But when I started to install the front set rather than using hex head screws that allowed me to use a small hex socket like the rear, Ford decided to use roundhead Philips head screws that seat into neoprene expanders. The instructions read “be very careful not to strip the screw heads”. Caution understood… be gentle. Unfortunately, ‘gentle’ isn’t getting the job done. None of the screws will turn out and I find myself in a standoff… man against screw. So, for right now I’ve simply walked away.


The world has a way of throwing challenges our way. A bad news day, a misstep that causes plans to change, encountering too many options and choices, no time to spare and too many demands… the list could go on and on and on. And it does. That’s why I am confident that’s why our Lord instructed us to live life one day at a time.


Matthew 6:34 (NASB)
34 "So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.


Sometimes this means we just have to wait for a clear head… a new perspective… new direction… a different attitude. Sometimes we need to distance ourselves so we can sort out and prioritize the important aspects of our lives like faith, family and friends. That’s what I plan to do with the obstinate screw challenge. Give it a rest. Oh, I’ll get it, when the time is right. I’m confident of that. Until then… I don’t plan on wasting a moment of today… life is just too valuable to be lost on worry.

Thank you for your faithfulness. Pastor Larry