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Starved for Fuel.

My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. (Psalm 73:26, NIV)

The great storm of late winter and early spring-ish 2017 hit on Pi day! How did you fare? How much snow did you get? We had about 14 inches of the stuff here. I awoke at 5 AM and proceeded to bundle up and hit the driveway and sidewalk to get the initial snow dump removed (about 6-7 inches). Note: I went outside before consuming breakfast and coffee.

After about an hour of strenuous shoveling, I was feeling a bit weakened and fatigued. In that same hour timeframe, another 1.5 inches of snow had fallen where I had already shoveled. I gave the new snowfall a tired salute and retreated indoors for breakfast.....and coffee.

It is amazing how much better our bodies work when we fuel them properly. After breakfast, I felt rejuvenated and ready for round two of shoveling. Beyond the second round of work, we walked through our neighborhood and offered to help others shovel out. They all declined our offer and then we returned home for lunch.

In the afternoon, my body still aching from all the labor, I decided to see if the snowblower would fire up. I had issues with it last winter and never serviced it in preparation for this winter. Yes, to echo what you are thinking, that is a dumb Randy. I tinkered with the choke, checked the spark plug, used a bit of starting fluid, mixed a new fuel mixture, primed the carb, and the machine roared to life. It ran for maybe a minute and a half then shut off again.

Priming the carb with more fuel and starting the machine seemed to be working, but each time the thing would shut off. Ruling out the sparkplug moved me toward the fuel lines and filter. There were three issues here. The fuel line and clamp were loose allowing air to be pulled into the fuel line. The filter while not plugged shut definitely was restricting fuel flow. The check valve in the float needed cleaned.

Between running and shutting off, I was able to clear one sidewalk. Yeah! My shoulders and back were rejoicing a little. After diagnosing those fuel issues, I made a list of things to pick up at the automotive store today. A filter, a sparkplug, and some stronger hose clamps should solve these problems. Frankly, when the carburetor is starved for fuel, nothing good ever happens. Engines don't purr, Augers don't turn and snow doesn't fly. Sidewalks and driveways don't get cleared and body parts ache because of all these failures.

Our soul needs constant spiritual fuel. We need to fill the faith tanks with hope, joy, peace, patience, kindness, love, and self control. When we starve our heart and mind of these life giving gifts from God, then our productivity suffers. Our witness is weak, we stumble over the smallest obstacles, and our life sputters to a stop. No amount of starting fluid, new fuel, new plugs, or priming can help when the spiritual lines are plugged or sucking air.

Let's maintenance our soul system today and become productive again. Let's run like a finely tuned machine and allow the love of God within us to bless those around us.

My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. (Psalm 73:26, NIV)

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