Zero Dark Thirty

Taking Care Of My Trailer

Zero Dark Thirty
By: Dr. David Campbell

For the last 20 years or so, I’ve had a small utility trailer. I don’t use it often, but when I do need it, it is nice to have. It has always been stored outdoors. As you can imagine, it gets hot in the summer, cold in the winter, but that is not too much of a problem...except when it is. See the floor is plywood. Meaning, after enough time in the elements, the plywood will eventually begin to rot.   But that is not too much of a problem. If you do pay attention, then you replace the old plywood before it gets bad. It is not a hard task, but just takes a little time. But if you don’t pay attention…

Years ago, in another church, we had a big event in a park. We were hauling a lot of supplies from the church to the park and I offered my trailer. We loaded it up at church and were unloading it at the park, and that is when a friend of mine stepped into the trailer to grab something. He was not one of my smaller friends, rather, he was a big muscular guy. His foot hit a rotten spot on the plywood and went straight through to the ground!   When his heart started beating again, he looked at me with an expression that said, “I’m guessing you don’t take care of your trailer!” And he was right.

Why am I telling you all of this? Because what is true for my trailer is true for your soul. And for mine. I didn’t set out to neglect it, it just happened. I knew I needed to replace the floor, but there was always something more urgent on my “to do” list. I simply let it go. My friend wasn’t hurt, but he could have been.

Sometimes, we go for a time and don’t tend to our soul. It is not that we don’t know how important it is, but it seems there are so many things in life that are demanding our attention.    We tell ourselves we are going to do it. And even though we really mean it, hours turn into days and days turn into months and months can turn into years. We don’t mean it to happen, it just does.    

It is something I’m still working on, but I’m better than I used to be. I’m better at investing time at the beginning of my day to tend to my soul. I have learned the hard way that if I neglect it for long, there is a strong chance someone will be hurt. I am more likely to speak from the flesh than the spirit and that can be hurtful to those around me. So do yourself a favor, invest the time every day to tend to your soul. Doing this prevents rot and creates a safer environment. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have new plywood to install!
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Marianna Drinkard - October 7th, 2020 at 7:05am

How easy it is to "pass over this repair" until later !! I have the same struggle, but these last 10 months have helped tremendously in re-focusing my priorities. Thanks for your words, David; they are an encouragement.