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Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,

            Life continues to amaze me and in the midst of life, God continues to touch me.  This past Saturday was a filled with some work that I hadn’t planned on, but God used it to teach me a lesson.

            The first thing was to help Vicki get some mowing done.  Around 7:30 I went to the church to get the riding mower out and make the first run around the ‘north forty’.  But when I got there the mower wouldn’t start.  I got the jumper cables and with just a little boost it started right up.  Then I made my round and Vicki took over.

            Once I got the right equipment and the connection was made to boost the battery, everything went well.  I stayed close so if she had any issues, I would be there.  Everything went well and Vicki got the mowing done.  I put the mower up and headed home to get ready for the next task.

            Joshua was having some minor electrical issues over his garage and wanted my help.  I decided to dress as lightly as possible since I had already sweated more than I wanted.  Because of where the issues were I figured I might have to get up in the attic.

            Sure enough I had to get in the attic and check where some of the electrical lines were running and if the connections were right.  It didn’t take long to realize what I felt like was wrong.  Yet it required me to ‘crawl’ back to where the lines were.

            As I was moving that way, I slipped and my elbow and shoulder went through the sheetrock.  I didn’t fall completely through, but it definitely gave that area some much needed air!  I apologized to Joshua but told him it was definitely much cooler up there.

            What I found in the wiring was something that Bro. Eugene Taylor would say was a no-no.  Needless to say, I put in a box, cut and reconnected the wiring.  We then put in a new light fixture for the closet.

            When I got done, Joshua turned the breaker on.  Praise the Lord!  The light came on and everything associated with it worked.  The wiring has now been done correctly.  Once the electrical current was restored it all worked and all was well.  I felt like things were fixed, but who knows what tomorrow might bring.

            There were two things I learned.  First, when you are in the attic, watch where you go!  I can assure you that sheetrock will not hold you up.  Second, make sure your electrical connections are done properly.  If they are not, electricity won’t flow correctly.

            Those same two steps apply in life as well.  Prov. 4:26 says – “Watch the path of your feet and all your ways will be established.”  As we walk through life, we must watch where we are walking and be sure to walk in the way God directs us.

            We also need to make sure our connection is done properly.  Acts 4:12 says – “And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name (Jesus Christ -- Acts 4:10) under heaven that has been given among men, by which we must be saved.”  The only connection we have to God is in Christ.  We must be connected to Him.

            Make sure you walk in the path God has for you and stay connected to Him.  I assure you when you walk with God, He will walk with you.  Stay connected to Him and all will be well.

JESUS, JESUS, JESUS, there IS something about that name!!

Christ only, always,

Bro. Paul