Tonight, I had to fix my lawn mower. A couple of weeks ago, I yanked on the starter string and the whole string came out in my hand. I had considered taking it to someone who works on mowers to fix, but I decided to fix it myself. Thanks to step by step instructions available on the internet, I was able to accomplish the task.
It was frustrating to have this happen. Last year..in the Spring..I had the same thing happen. I had taken it to a lawn mower shop and paid $15 to get it fixed. So, I really expected it to last longer than one season.
It was actually a blessing in disguise. I must confess that I can't remember the last time I checked the oil in the mower. While fixing it tonight, I discovered there wasn't any oil in the mower. I decided to check the air filter and it was gross. So, I went to Wal-mart and got a new air filter and put the correct amount of oil in. The mower started and runs like a dream. Thanks to a broken string, I was able to avoid having to buy a new mower.
When we don't do the things we know we are supposed to do, it can have a very bad outcome. You'd think that I'd learn my lesson after blowing an engine in my first car. When we don't do the little tasks like change the oil, air filters, etc. in our mowers and vehicles, the outcome can be devastating.
It is the same with God. Tonight, James 4:17 came to my mind. It states "Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it." When we don't do the things we know we should do in our relationship with God, then it is sin. Plain and Simple.
Let's do what we know we ought to do.