We took the car in to be inspected yesterday. That gave us a full day to spare before it expired. Wouldn't look good for us to have an expired sticker when I have taken up my Dad's cause for reminding our adult children to get their stickers done. Not that it has ever done much good. Now that I think about it, it never did much good when dad reminded us, either. Nevertheless, I shall continue in the fight to convince the young ones to renew their stickers, change their oil, watch the tread on their tires …
It's so good to have a mechanic we trust. Dennis doesn't try to convince us to do all kinds of extraneous stuff that just add more and more to the cost of a simple oil change. And he always checks with us before he does anything extra to make sure we want to do it. This time he changed our air filter. When he called he said it is supposed to be changed every 15,000 miles. We are at 35,000. It needed it.
I remember one time we took a car in to Dennis and had several things done – oil change, transmission oil change, and some more stuff I can't remember. The he came upon something that was covered by a recall, so we had to take the car to a dealer. The dealer called and said there were numerous other things that needed to be done, and wanted to know if we wanted them to take care of them all. I asked them to write it down for me so I could see how much it would cost. When I picked up the car I took it straight over to Dennis. The list included virtually everything he had just done. We laughed as he loudly exclaimed, "Well, so it needs an oil change. Let's just check that oil and see. Oh, look. It's full of brand new oil. And a new filter. How could that be? One would think that they didn't even check it." The sarcasm continued until we were laughing so hard we were almost crying. Needless to say, we didn't have occasion to use that particular dealer for … well, anything. Find you an honest mechanic. Makes all the difference in the world. God knew what he was doing when he called us to a life of integrity.
Proverbs 27:12 says, "The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it."
Father, thank you for Dennis. Make his efforts successful and his life happy. Amen.