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‘Fix it’ with the right tool

November 12, 2007

Rev. Lyndon Korhonen Good Shepherd Free Lutheran Church, Cokato

Lately, I have had a lot of things break down.

My wood jointer developed an unavoidable noise and vibration.

I caught Joshua’s bike with the boat trailer and broke the pedal crank (I don’t think I could ever get everything in the right position for that to happen again).

My dad’s chainsaw is on my workbench, and I am still unsuccessful in fixing that chain-oiler problem.

A molding on the car was loose.

My Makita power planer (that I thought was a good buy) is still without the proper blades, and unusable.

Well, you get the picture.

Usually, I like fixing things. It is a challenge and a rewarding experience to put things back into production.

But that jointer electric motor was another story. When I took it apart and saw that the bearings were noisy and sloppy, it wound up sitting on my workbench for awhile. Why? Because I didn’t have the right tool to pull those bearings. I was afraid that attempting to pry those bearings off with screwdrivers and chisels would do damage.

What changed it all was when I was visiting Mark and Diane Olsen. I asked Mark if he had a small puller I could borrow. He had several, and one had very fine claws that could get under the bearing in that tight spot.

What a joy it was to put that puller in place and feel that bearing start moving. What made all the difference for me was having the right tool. The right tool ends the frustration, and even makes the fix-it job enjoyable.

When life is frustrating and not working well, the right tool to help you is the Bible. It’s the best seller of all time!

It is God’s Word, designed perfectly to get into those tight quarters, pull out what is sinful, and replace it with God’s new creation. II Corinthians 5:17 says: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!”

You don’t have to live in frustration if you will use that slightly dusty Bible in your room. It is the right tool for life. Open it to John 1 and let God pull out what is bad and replace it with His new creation.