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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Think About It

The Parts Store
by Pastor B.J. Knefley

Not everyone will understand this but for some they will remember a time when the parts store was in their backyard. What does that mean? It means that if you wanted a part you went to your backyard and rummaged through your junk to find what you needed. It was in the day when people saved everything, old screws, bent nails, auto parts, wire and a host of other things. The more junk, as some people called it, the bigger the pile.

That parts store required a great deal of ingenuity. You had to use your imagination to get things to work sometimes. A little from this and a little from something else could get something to work again. Going downtown to the local parts store just didn’t happen. Why? Well simply because there weren’t any parts stores around.

We, those that grew up in this era, learned how to be crafty. We learned how to make something from nothing. For example when I was a young teenager we had a Doodlebug. If you’re not sure what that is, then you’re missing something great because it was our version of a modern day four-wheeler. The one we had was made out of a hay baler motor, Ford transmission and rear end. It had a hand clutch and you started the engine with a crank. The frame was made from bed frame rails. There were many other parts that came from a lot of other sources that when pieced together made for a great Doodlebug. Now we just go to the store and buy what we need. It doesn’t take any ingenuity or imagination to buy things and I wonder if perhaps we’ve lost something great?

It is said that we are created in the image of God and he created things from nothing. Since He created, and we are made in His image then the natural outcome would be that we would be creators too. Perhaps one of the ways that we learned to be the most fulfilled is when we’re creating. Is it possible that with all of this modern day stuff that we have lost our ability to create? Is it possible that all of the depression and unhappiness is the direct result of our loss of God’s number one design for us, which is to be creators? Perhaps we need to find ways to create. Think about it.

1 comment :

Anonymous said...

Agree pastor!! BUT... being creative is much easier said than done. life was much different back then.. that was a time when most mothers and grandmothers were homemakers ..it was a time when dads and grandpas worked day shift and no weekends.. .. so there was time to be creative.. not like that today.. both parents working full time hours.. nights.. many weekends. trying to juggle work.. housework.. homework .. simply no time to be creative..