The kids were grown and the dishwasher was broken. If you think those two facts aren’t connected, you have yet to experience the fact that you have more disposable income once the kids are grown. (That is, if you stay strong. But, that’s another post.)
Back to the broken dishwasher. The point is we could afford to invest in quality. Deb and I do our best to take good care of our stuff. You know, stewardship. No matter. We are death on dishwashers.
We have had more dishwashers than bars of soap. My father-in-law’s dishwasher, on the other hand, is older than dirt. When he is done with it, the Smithsonian is waiting in line with a big check. Yep. He’s good with dishwashers and money. (That too is another post.)
I took charge. Consumer Reports. Internet reviews. I did exhaustive research and we made our decision. We paid the big bill and had it professionally installed. Before it was 1 year old we had seven service calls. Well, only five if you don’t count the two service calls that the five star appliance manufacturer set up for us…and we waited all day…and no one showed up.
I was going for worry free and we got just-wash-the-dishes-yourself. Let me tell you, we did not get what we paid for. But, maybe I got what I deserved.
There’s a part of me that wants the security that quality and things can provide. Trouble is, if it is manufactured or located in this fallen world, it is subject to failure. And, if you or I trust in any of it, we are subjected to certain disappointment.
And, that’s a good thing: Just one more reminder that this world is perishing. Me included. Yup, you too.
There’s only one thing that lasts forever. And, no matter how much we were willing to pay, we could not afford it or earn it. And we certainly don’t deserve it. Turns out that the only thing that lasts is what our Heavenly Father spent in sending His only Son and the life Christ willingly gave on the cross for you and me.
Do you get what you pay for?
Praise God, through faith in Christ, we get what He paid for.
Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy … But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven … For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6:19-21 (NIV)
Photo Credit –Modern Kitchen” by Pbroks13