am eating crow today.
the years Iíve made my dislike of a particular automotive
manufacturer quite well known. In fact, about the only way you
would not be aware of this is if youíre visiting. I have
only had two really bad vehicles in my life, and both were
made by this company. But itís not just me.
year alone I have seen where Consumer
Reports and similar publications rate all three of their
divisions in the bottom 10 for quality and resale value. Their
trucks and SUVs occupy 7 of 10 positions among the worst
off-road vehicles. The only list I remember them topping was
that of fewest return customers. Therefore, I feel fully
justified in my position. So even though Iím slicing off a
large helping of humble pie, please donít let what Iím
about to say suggest a change of heart. If anything, I suspect
the confession Iím about to make will ultimately solidify my
position (if it doesnít Iíll grab a second fork as I
thing that has brought me to this point of contrition is that
last week I purchased one of their vehicles. I knew it would
be a possibility. Maybe even a probability. But yes, I am now
the owner of a Dodge. And a mini-van at that! And if that
wasnít enough, itís teal. Oh, the laughter on high right
now must be raucous! But isnít it amazing how God can use
the most humbling experiences to remind us of some important
reminded that necessity sometimes forces our hand. I purchased
this van for one reason and one reason only; I needed a
wheelchair accessible vehicle. Yes, Iíve had to swallow my
pride and admit I was wrong (on never owning one, not on
feelings about it!!). But my brotherís needs had to come
before my pride. Four men carried a friend to see Jesus (Mark
2). They were led by the needs of their friend.
reminded to never-say-never. Bold matter-of-fact statements
are easy to make, but can be difficult to stick with.
Pledges like never forsaking God are good. But when it
comes to worldly matters Iím not certain that He might not
use something like this to remind us who is really in control.
After all, God uses ďthe base things of the world and the
things which are despisedÖ to bring to nothing the things
that are, that no flesh should glory in His presenceĒ (1
reminded that people are what really matters. The day we
picked it up Jaclyn and I took Mike out for about 2 hours. We
went to Baskin Robbins and Burger King. We stopped to see a
couple of people along the way and took a long round-about way
back home. And his face was beaming. Iíd guess it was the
first bit of normalcy heís enjoyed since February. And if I
recall correctly, last week was his first worship service in
exactly 52 weeks. So Iíll admit that Iím glad I bought it.
I donít know, maybe my heart has changed a little. So if
youíd be so kind as to pass the mustardÖ