Another day, another dollar spent on car parts.
It is fast approaching inspection time for our vehicle. In order to spend money wisely, I try to repair and replace those parts that I'm capable of doing. I still remember the $22 bill I received for changing a $3 light a few years back. Ouch!
The other afternoon, it was back brake pads that were on the mechanic docket. It is the first pick-up truck I've ever owned that has disc brakes on the back! Yea! They are fairly simple to replace except when their not. Rust and corrosion are major culprits in any repair venture and this day was no different.
I'm not sure how long brake pads should last, but this set has been on the truck since July 2011 or earlier which equals about 38,000+ miles. With tire lugs loosened, truck lifted, jack stand placed, and then tire removed, the job usually takes about 15 minutes or less to change disc brakes.
Today was different. The two mounting bolts backed out with little fanfare and then the pounding, prying, and sweating began (I said sweating not swearing). The inside pad was seized in the caliper and in effect was not even working. When the brake pedal was applied, the piston would push the pad but the pad couldn't move. I'm wondering how my 5,000+ pound truck was even stopping!
Additional force and penetrating fluid was applied and the pad eventually broke loose. Praise the Lord!
For emphasis of this issue, the other side of the truck had the same problem. Since the other day, I've noticed an appreciable difference in stopping effectiveness in my pick-up. The back brakes are actually operating again!
Have we noticed our effectiveness waning lately? Has our life accumulated rust and corrosion? Are there detriments that affect our witness and efficiency? Could it be there are areas of our life that have not seen maintenance for quite a long time?
Auto inspections are a pain in the neck but highly necessary. Soul inspections fit the same category. It's painful to introspect and see what kind of condition our soul is in and even more of a task to plan a repair. The good news here is found in this truth. We cannot fix our rusted soul; we can only offer it to the Master mechanic Jesus.
Having offered this truth and once we have submitted to Christ, you should know that sometimes he may have to apply penetrating fluid and a bit of force to break loose the seized areas of our lives. He loves us too much to let us remain where we are. All of this talk of healing and renewal is dependent upon one thing. Are we ready and willing to offer our souls to Jesus? It's up to us. Jesus will not crash into our lives uninvited. He respects our free-will.
Today, stop and consider your faith journey. Is it vibrant and useful to Christ? Are you influencing people around you with the love and grace of God? If not, perhaps there are a few areas of your life that need some attention. Offer Jesus the chance to inspect your soul and he will get you back running good as new!
"Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and
pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this
world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what
God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will." (Romans 12:1-2, NIV)