A Car’s Warranty
A couple years ago my wife and I went to the dealership to buy a new car with my wife. It was the first and probably the last time I buy a new vehicle. We searched for the vehicle that fit our needs and one that had the least amount of issues from the manufacturer. We picked a Red SUV and we seemed to be the first in our community with that vehicle. We thought it looked pretty good and will last a while without having to do much to it. Eventhough we maintain the vehicle with the necessary maintanence, over time things began to slowly breakdown, wear out and go out of style.
Likewise with a marriage, it looks and performs good for a while, but then over time, things start to wear out and become in need of a tuned up or a part needs replacing. When the things break down that our under warranty we don’t give it much thought beyond making an appointment to have the dealer make it work again. But there are those things that are listed as not covered under the warranty that require close attention and routine maintanence in order to keep the vehicle running and performing it’s best. Those times in which our car won’t start up right away or takes a bit to warm up could of been prevented if we maintained the vehicle and were aware of the out of normal signs our car was giving us.
Taking care of your car is much like a marriage. It needs maintained outside of the warranty in order to stay in working order. It needs level and pressure checked. It needs needs washed inside and out and when the warning lights blink, you need to address the issue then and not wait till the marriage isn’t running anymore. New cars are great and can be fixed by the manufacturer, but marriage requires the individuals themselves to do most if not all of the repair work themselves. What is the condition your marriage is in? What warning lights have you ignored? Remember ….
1 Corinthians 4-7
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
In this day and age people want to just trade it out for a new one even before the ride gets a little rough. When things get rough don’t ignore it and run it in the ground. Maintain it and change your marriage for the better. Let it become a classic and beautiful with age. It takes work and time! But it is obtainable!