Practical Advice, Part 2: Cars

  • Check your cars oil and air pressure regularly.
  • Don’t let the fuel gauge go below a quarter of a tank.
  • Don’t drink and drive. Don’t text and drive. Don’t eat and drive.
  • advice2Just drive!
  • Touch the car before handling a gas pump. Static electricity can ignite petroleum fumes.
  • Lock the doors while pumping gas.
  • NEVER leave a child or pet in the car alone—even if it’s “just for a minute.”
  • Look both ways after the light turns green for someone running a “yellow” light. Sooner or later this simple habit will save your life.
  • Where there’s a ball, there’s a boy. Hit the brakes immediately.
  • Don’t swerve off the road to avoid an animal. Brake quickly but safely.
  • Over 80 mph, you are aiming rather than steering a car.
  • When backing a trailer, put one hand at the bottom of the steering wheel. Whichever way your hand goes, the trailer will follow.
  • Have car keys in hand when approaching your vehicle in a parking lot. If accosted by a stranger, toss the keys under a car.
  • When possible, keep one car length distance from the vehicle in front of you for every 10 mph of speed
  • When road rage threatens, BREATHE. Deep breath in. Hold. Deep breath out. Hold. Let it go.
  • Let Jesus take the wheel.

 

Practical Advice, Part 1: Money

  • advice1Spend less that you make.
  • Give 10%. Save 10%. Live on 80%.
  • “Finances are a crock pot reality in a microwave world.” (Dave Ramsey)
  • If you can live without it today, then you can live without it.
  • Even the baby Jesus only received three Christmas gifts. Sometimes we give our children too much.
  • Shred loan and credit applications.
  • Use cash whenever possible. A study by bankrate.com discovered that consumers spend 30% MORE at restaurants when using credit rather than cash.
  • Credit cards should be a convenience and not a necessity. Don’t charge more than can be paid off at month’s end.
  • The power of compounding interest works for us with savings and against us with loans.
  • Insurance is a balancing act between benefit and cost. Insure the things you cannot afford to lose.
  • Consider higher deductibles on insurance policies for premium savings.
  • Make a current will—especially if you have children. Do NOT put it in a safety deposit box.
  • Tithe, if you love Jesus. Anyone can HONK.
  •  “Make all you can, save all you can, give all you can.” (John Wesley)

 

DST

Someone stole 3,600 seconds of life last weekend. Daylight Saving Time resumed in the wee hours of Sunday morning. We sprang forward from 2:00 a.m. to 3:00 a.m.

dstI love Daylight Saving Time and an “additional” hour of sunlight each evening. I despise the weekends our nation adds or deletes 60 minutes of time.

If I ever run for Congress, I would promise to make DST permanent. This single plank of the political platform would get me easily elected. We could call the new system something simple like “Time.”

A critic once wrote about a play: “A great way to kill time for those wishing it dead.”

God’s gift of time is a gift too precious to waste—or give away every spring.

So let’s get rid of the DS and just have T.

Kindle Bible

Last week’s blog featured the youversion app that enables Christians to access digital versions of the Bible wherever they go. I encourage believers to download the application for their smart phones, tablets, and other electronic devices.

I recently downloaded the Bible to my Kindle device as well.

niv kindleAmazon sells various versions of the Kindle e-reader that allow patrons to read digital publications on a paper book sized tablet. The e-devices are light weight and portable with enough memory for thousands of books.

And as I continue to mature in wisdom, knowledge, stature, and years, I have also come to appreciate the font size adjustment feature! Readers can make the print as large as necessary.

A hard cover NIV Study Bible costs over $30 with leather editions running much more. I downloaded the Kindle Version for under $10.

Christians exist in a time when the Bible is more readily accessible than ever before. However, we also live in an age of Biblical illiteracy.

If all else has failed, maybe it’s time to read the directions.

youversion

In 1454, Johannes Gutenberg published the first mass-produced book using movable type. The Gutenberg Bible inspired a revolution in printing and access to Scripture.

The 21st century is experiencing a Gutenberg-like revolution in electronic media. Believers now enjoy digital versions of the Bible. Scripture can be viewed online or downloaded to smart phones and tablets.

you versionI often recommend that Christians consider the youversion app. The website (youversion.com) provides a FREE Bible app with multiple versions. The application also offers reading plans, study guides, and more.

Youversion.com makes the Bible readily accessible on computers, smart phones, and tablets. We can literally carry God’s Word with us everywhere. The app will even read audio versions for listeners while driving, working, or resting!

I encourage you to download the app today.

Oh, and USE IT!

Love Is

During the week when we celebrate Saint Valentine’s Day, meditate on the Apostle Paul’s description of true love:

Love is patient, love is kind, it isn’t jealous, it doesn’t brag, it isn’t arrogant, it isn’t rude, it doesn’t seek its own advantage, it isn’t irritable, it doesn’t keep a record of complaints, it isn’t happy with injustice, but it is happy with the truth. Love puts up with all things, trusts in all things, hopes for all things, endures all things. 

Love never fails.

Now faith, hope, and love remain–these three things–and the greatest of these is love.

1 Corinthians 13:4-8; 13, Common English Bible