[forthright] Repairs Can Be Made

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From: Forthright Magazine <forthrightmag@...>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2008 16:31:29 -0500
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GUEST COLUMN

Repairs Can Be Made
by Luke Bower

The last week I finally had the time, money, and help (from my dad) to 
get our Jeep running again.

The initial problem was only a broken fuel pump, but since I let it sit 
so long, the Jeep now had a couple of dried-out gaskets, a dead battery, 
and a rat had chewed through the wires of the engine.

The repair ended up costing more time and money than if I had taken care 
of it months ago.

It is not any different with us in our Christian lives.

I do not know how many people tell me, "I'll come back to church 
eventually," or "I am just taking a break from this whole Christian thing."

Well, apparently, they misunderstand what it means to be a Christian or 
part of the church. How can you take a break from who you are?

Just like my car, the longer you sit out the more pain and problems you 
will build up and the more difficult it will be when and if you ever 
decide to return to who God wants you to be.

None of us are granted tomorrow, and we can't afford to wait.

It may take some time, some hard work -- and it will definitely mean 
spending some time with your Father -- but all repairs can be made.

"Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and 
patience, not knowing that God's kindness is meant to lead you to 
repentance?" (Romans 2:4 ESV).

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Luke works with the youth at the Baker Heights congregation in Abilene, Tex.

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