Seventeen years old in the summer of ’69, I was working with my dad in the woods. I never forgot that summer because I had Moon Day off, even though it was without pay. In any case, the lag fell off the little bulldozer I was operating. Considering the author, you’ve probably figured out why. In putting the lag back on, we had to replace a pin we had removed. Dad said, “Hold this pin and I’m going to hit it (the pin) with a sledgehammer. He missed and both my hands sent a message to my brain that I should have thought this through before. I was running for the brook to put my hands in cold water, and my father was chasing me, not knowing if it could have been a head injury he’d inflicted.

Though I still loved my dad, I was much more careful around him. If he wanted help with something mechanical, I was more focused and entered into negotiations with him. The lesson: When someone gives you a command, it can lead to injury.

I didn’t know anything about prayer then. If I had, these verses would have come to mind.

Philippians 4:6 

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

 Proverbs 17:22 

A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.

Be careful; even loved ones can be dangerous.

Give it some thought.


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