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The garbage truck runs on Friday mornings at my house. Sometimes early on Fridays, like while I am still in the shower early.  Anyway, when I drive in to work, I usually pass by the truck as it goes down my street.  Sometimes there will be a trail of liquid going down the road, thicker at each stop of the truck as it drips out from some one’s garbage.

Last Friday morning, I didn’t even think about the long trail of toxicity as I passed by the garbage truck.  At lunch, I drove out to meet some friends, which is unusual, and I noticed that my tires looked like that had mud on them.  That’s was odd, as I hadn’t recalled being off-road.  Later Monday night, as I was leaving work, I approached my truck from the front and noticed that my front tire had a big paint spot on the tread.  Hm.  I wondered where that had happened.  I thought maybe, when I was at the recycling center after lunch, I drove in a little bit of paint on the road.  Since it was light brown, I still had not realized that the ‘mud’ on the side on my truck was not mud at all.

Nope, it was not until I drove up my street and noticed the long 1/2 mile trail of light brown tires marks in the lane coming the opposite direction.  That wasn’t just water dripping from the garbage truck.  It was a toxic, staining, damaging mixture, left for those who followed to step right in.

That’s right.  Paint!  nice light brown mud-looking paint, splattered all over my wheel wells and down the side of my truck.


Another day is in store for me cleaning up someone’s mess they left to splatter all over me!

Poor truck!  And sometimes poor us!

When you leave people how do they feel?  Do they feel like they just ran through the stuff that leaked off the garbage truck?  Or do they feel uplifted and refreshed.

Don’t drip toxins – but instead,  as Micheal from the Handwritten says,

Drip Jesus.


 29When you talk, do not say harmful things, but say what people need—words that will help others become stronger. Then what you say will do good to those who listen to you.  Ephesians 4:29 New Century Version (NCV)



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In For Service

For the last few weeks I have been trying to find a day when I can drop my vehicle off at the garage and spend the time being carted to and fro the garage whilst it has a little routine maintenance completed. I think today may be the day – of course with early morning meetings that always makes it a little bit of a challenge.
Last night, I was feeling the anxiety of what could happen to my vehicle if I didn’t get the belt inspected, and the fluids topped off. It presented quite a bleak picture of a ruined investment.
As you know from previous post, I do enjoy quite a love affair with my vehicle and so I must sacrifice some time to keep it in tip top running condition. ( Sacrificing for keeping it clean appears to be a different issue!)

Anyway, it interesting how we will remind ourselves through stickers, alarms, mailing and phone calls to keep our vehicles tunes up. This morning, I drifted off to the routine maintenance we need in our lives, especially our spiritual lives, and how we also sometimes just let that go to the wayside as well. And the prospect of ruining that investment ( our lives) is of such greater consequence then a vehicle. Keep yourselves well oiled by sacrificing a little time for your spiritual routine maintenance.

5Therefore consider the members of your earthly body as dead to immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed, which amounts to idolatry.

6For it is because of these things that the wrath of God will come upon the sons of disobedience,

7and in them you also once walked, when you were living in them.

8But now you also, put them all aside: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive speech from your mouth.

9Do not lie to one another, since you laid aside the old self with its evil practices,

10and have put on the new self who is being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created him–
Colossians 3:5-10 (New American Standard Bible)

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Another Reason I Love My Truck

I love my truck for lots of reasons, but mostly because when we bought it Amy told the sales guy before we test drove it that we would be buying this when we returned. So, usually when I spy it across the parking lot and walk towards it I always think about her.
But, I yesterday I discovered another reason to add to the list of reasons that I just love my truck.

So yesterday, I am rushing to pick up the forgotten uniform and get it back over to my eldest before his game when in front of me is stop and go traffic. So much for rushing – all I can do is just roll along at a slow rate of speed and stop every so often. Then it happened. I rolled to a stop and Boom. Yep, the car behind decided my bumper was a better way of stopping then the breaks. No way! As the traffic pulled off in front of me, I pulled to the side and looked in the rear view mirror to see an upset young female driver. No way! Not only am have I been rear ended, but now I am on the side of the interstate with a crying teenage girl! As Filch from Harry Potter would say in his snarly voice, “ohhhh, we are in trouble”.

I jumped out, made sure she had her car off the road completely and tried to assure her that it was ok. What had happened happened. There was nothing to be done about it now. She decided to call her dad. The damage was surveyed, the TDOT assistance vehicle stopped by, the CPD eventually came.

While we were waiting for the PD to come, one of this young ladies high school coaches who was following close behind her had stopped off to help her – which was a blessing from above!
This lady noticed the Boyd-Buchanan sticker on my vehicle and started talking about some mutual people we knew that she went to church with, included my wife’s old principal. This got me thinking. What if I had come out of the truck angry as a hornet? What if this was the time I decided to leave Christ in the passenger seat? How would that have completed destroyed any ability to show Christ. It’s in these moments when we are able to let our lights shine. I hope that I was able to be kind and gentle in that stressful moment for that young lady, and I hope that when she think back on his first collision that that part stands out, and that in some sort of way I was able to point her towards my leader.

As you go about today, remember you never know who is watching and who you are influencing.

15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:15-17 (New International Version)

Oh why is this another reason that I love my truck – no damage. 🙂