When enjoying the auto show during Winona's Steamboat Days I came across this pickup. It looked just like my Dad's truck. Very fond memories came to mind. I remember once Dad forgot to change his oil in the truck for the whole summer. It went dry and he had to have it overhauled. A friend of his did the overhaul; Dad had too many other vehicles to look after. The dicotomy of the situation always perplexed me until now. Dad was so particular over the vehicles that he worked on, but failed to take care of his own. I remember one time when I was tearing down Dad and my uncle Bobby's race engine, he told me to clean each piece so that one could eat off it. Setting each nut and bolt on to the white paper, (in order) I could not leave an oil print by each part. Then later, to see what happened to his pickup perplexed me so. I loved and still love and respect my father then and now. He has been gone since 1984 and his many accomplishments still ring true to me at the present time. But, like this truck, I see that we too need to take care of our lives by nurturing them each day, and by so doing, we can nurture others.
A relationship with Jesus is also vitally important for our well being. He helps us to see ourselves, not with fault and failures, but through his eyes of love that he has for us. And with his insight that he gives us, we too can learn to see ourselves as he does. In return, we can take care of our hearts and love others in the same way. We then become the reflection of Christ to a hurting world.
Philippians 4:13 - I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.