A speaker in the door panel of my car has been blown and I’ve wanted to replace it so the quality of the stereo would be better. Having been successful in changing out a rear sub-woofer speaker in between the back seat and the trunk of this car, I was optimistic that I’d be successful in getting to this one.
I had researched on the internet and found a site where I could download the instructions – for a $4.99 fee. However, always liking a challenge, I decided I would give it a go and see if I could solve this on my own. I’d download the file if I really needed to.
I found the 5 screws holding the panel to the door frame and took them out. I then gently pried with a screwdriver around the outside of the panel, hoping that it would just “pop” out. It would not pop off. It was clear that the small area around the electric buttons controlling the door and windows was connected in some way to the door… and I was not able to determine how to loosen that spot. The last thing I wanted to do was to damage the panel and break something.
I was at a decision point. Do I continue to pry and poke around in an attempt to force the panel off or do I pay a small fee to receive what I hoped would be detailed, step-by-step instructions. I made a decision to do the later. Sure enough the instructions included a technique to pry down on a certain spot around the inner door handle which released the last area that was keeping the panel from coming off. With this information in hand, the panel was off in 30 seconds. With the panel off I was able to access the speaker that was blown. It was a breeze. Now my challenge will be to find a replacement speaker… actually it’s the small tweeter.
Where’s all this headed? It was a reminder for me of the importance of having the right instructions for my specific challenge. In this case, it was the need to learn of a technique I had not used before to repair an aspect of my car. I suspect most all of you own a car… and many of you own a house. There are typically the two most valuable items that a person owns. But there’s something that each of us has that is even more valuable than these two items and that’s our body. A gift from God, our body enables us to function and relate to our world in a physical way. When we purchase a new car, it includes a detailed set of instructions or guidelines on how to maintain it. There are also detailed instructions available on how to repair it or how to replace broken components, as in the case with my broken speaker.
God has given us guidelines on how to care for all aspects of our self – body, soul and spirit. The Holy Bible includes his complete set of instructions on how to live a rich and rewarding life. God has made his truths available for us so we can be equipped to do what he intended us to do on this earth. See 2 Timothy 3:16-17.
The more I read and study the Bible, the more I am appreciative how much wisdom I can learn from it. It is chock full of instructions on how to live life and with information to help us understand God.
If you want to be reminded of the value of reading and living by God’s principles, read Psalm 119: 1-176. Over and over the author tells us of the benefits of obeying God and aligning our life with his instructions.
Can you relate to my need for obtaining a set of detailed instructions to replace a speaker from my car? If so, I hope you can relate to reading God’s instructions to caring for your body and for living life.
A Few Questions to Consider:
Are you regularly reading the Bible to understand how God intends for you to live life?
When you find yourself in a life situation and needing guidance on making a decision, where or to whom do you tend to turn to for wisdom?
Some Helpful Resources:
Web Page – How God Designed Us – Spirit, Soul and Body
Web Page & Booklet – “Spiritual Exercises for a Healtheir Life”