Thursday, October 13, 2011

Properly Grounded

Chrysler_P.T._Cruiser_Wagon
No, that’s not mine, but I do drive a PT.  Mine doesn’t have blue pin striping or window covers – and it does have a license plate on the front.  For a while, it didn’t work correctly.

Sometimes I would have a clock, other times, nope, it didn’t show. The temperature and compass wandered on and off, as did the interior lights.  For a while whenever I opened a door at night I thought I was on a stakeout – no map lights.  Other times, they showed brightly.

It still ran just fine.  Created in 2004, purchased in 2005, it runs just fine.  Has for over 109,000 miles, giving a good 27 miles per gallons.  It has room for four in very good comfort, carrying four suitcases and four carry-ons in the roomy cargo space.  All in all, it has served me well and I will drive it a bit longer – if I can get it inspected.

Item #1 on the Texas inspection website is:  Horn.  That’s one of the intermittent items.  Some times it worked, sometimes not.  Not, during the actual inspection means failure.  Thus fixing it became a necessity, since I’m the only one out of three that can drive right now.  Beloved Husband can’t see to drive, Second Daughter still has her neck brace on and can’t hold her hands up long enough to drive (according to her doctor.) I could drive her much newer Dodge Caliber, but I like my PT.  Yesterday we took it to our favorite fix-it mechanic.  He was shutting his business down – no more customers. So, we were off to a new fix-it mechanic.  Took them less than three hours from drop off to pickup and every thing works, because the wiring is now properly grounded.

All of the on/off/back/gone was due to an improper ground.

Our lives require a proper grounding, too.  Too often we continue, as I continued to drive, without that proper grounding, inconsistent and intermittent.  People don’t know what we believe because we don’t know what we believe.  Well, some of us do – and we don’t mind telling people about it, do we.

Mine are based on the Bible being the word of God.  It is open to interpretation, and mine differ from some others.  The absolute common basis for Christians is that Jesus is the Christ and we are His followers.  We should know what we believe and we should be ready to talk about those beliefs:

But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: (1 Peter 3:15 KJV)

Are we properly grounded in our hearts?  Are we ready, always, to answer every man that asks us about the hope we hold? Is this part of the hope you hold?

Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; (Titus 2:13 KJV)

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