A few nights ago, I went to a local auto parts store to pick up some oil. Since I’ve had a car, I’ve almost always changed my own oil…it saves a few bucks (usually) and I can do it whenever it fits into my schedule best.
During this last oil change, however, I switched up my routine. I had a new oil catch pan. After draining the oil, I changed the filter and put the oil plug back in the car, and filled it back up with new oil.
Then I noticed I had failed to put on a washer.
I drove it around for a day and noticed an oil spot after I parked. I don’t like oil spots and I also didn’t want to get too low on oil.
So, a few nights ago, I attempted to screw out the drain plug, add on the washer and screw it back in….without losing too much oil.
My first attempt was a failure, I lost quite a bit of oil, and also in my attempt at speed, the washer fell off.
Attempt two was a success, however, about three quarts had drained out while putting the washer back on so I had to go back to the store to get oil.
Completely erasing any savings I had earned by doing it myself….oh well. Chalk it up to a lesson.
I purchased my oil, drove home, and then realized I needed some anti-freeze. So I quickly went back to the auto parts store.
As I approached, I noticed at least four police cars and the officers were already putting up crime scene tape.
Then I remembered the police car with lights on no more than a minute after I had left.
Last night, I made it back to the auto parts store for the third time and asked what had happened the other night…and I was told there had been a robbery. The employee went on to tell me how scary it had been.
Then it hit me, I was minutes away from being in the middle of an armed robbery. I wondered what I would have done…and to be honest, I really don’t know and I hope I never have to find out.
When an individual chooses to rob a store, they are making the statement that no one matters except for themselves. Beyond the eternal consequences, this is a lonely and unfulfilling way to go through life.
The Scriptures are clear about the fact that we are made in the image of God and every person has value. This Sunday, Gabor Gresz continues our “Counter Culture” series with a sermon entitled, ‘People Matter.’ When we start with God as our loving and gracious Creator, we begin to accept our value is not in what we’ve done (good or bad) but rather our value is found in God’s creative and redemptive works.
I sure hope you can join us on Sunday in person at 8:00, 9:15 (Full KidCity) or 10:45 am, or watch the Livestream on YouTube (Like and Subscribe) or Facebook at 10:45 am.