I missed a couple of weeks of update posts. In case anyone was concerned I did not succumb to illness from a spider bite or strange virus. However, I did get side-tracked with helping a family member.
Prior to moving to Iowa it was a good idea to explore potential income in the form of work. I had suggested the possibility of being a handyman but was informed that “folks around here do their own repairs.” I was also told there aren’t many jobs around here. Both of those are not accurate statements. Iowa is in a serious shortage of skilled labor. In addition several people have questioned why I don’t hire out the house repairs. After all working full-time and preaching when possible is time consuming. Fact is I’ve tried to hire some of it out but local construction and handyman are too busy to do the work.
Anyways, my wife’s parents wanted to replace their powder room floor covering. So we agreed to do the update while they were on vacation. After all it’s just flooring, that shouldn’t take more than a few hours. Right?
Now this house is about as old as the house we own. The floor was carpeted and that was hiding seriously damaged sub floor. That was challenge number 1.
In case you can’t tell by the picture the closet was also in need of some attention. Like most really old houses the closet was out of square in four different directions. A few sheets of drywall, couple of coats of paint, and a new shelf brought some life back to the closet. All was going well until I went to hang the sliding doors. I am pretty sure it was a puzzle maker that invented those things. After a few frustrating attempts and some minor modifications we got the doors back on the track. After some further thinking and another minor modification the doors actually opened and closed. It was a pleasant surprise to hear my wife say the closet doors had not worked well in years. Secretly I thought the problem was something I did…
The last step of any project is cleanup and detail work. Listen fellow-men, this is where women greatly exceed men in ability. We may call it clean and ready but that is just the beginning for women. All said and done it only took seven days to do this few hour project. Not bad considering my track record.
I can already hear the critics asking what this has to do with spiritual matters. Well folks the Bible tells us that God would have us help each other. That is at the core of the commandment to love our neighbors as ourselves. Scripture is also clear that we are not to burden the Church with helping family in need if we have the capacity to do something about it. God has gifted me with certain skills to repair things. What about you? What can you do to bless others?
God has placed in our hearts the desire to help others. This compassion can even be seen in those who do not profess to be Christian. It is an act of love to serve others in a way they cannot for themselves. An anonymous author once wrote “Helping others with an expectation of getting something in return is doing business”.
“I don’t want to live in the kind of world where we don’t look out for each other. Not just the people who are close to us, but anybody who needs a helping hand. I can’t change the way anybody else thinks, or what they choose to do, but I can do my bit.”
― Charles de Lint
Rev. Burt Schwab