Getting Ahead: ‘Yesterday, today and forever’


By John G. Pfeifer - Religion Columnist



All of my life I have heard: “If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it!” (Really they said, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, but my grandmother and mother were both school teachers and we weren’t allowed to use slang words and wrong grammar.) That saying might be true in some cases, but is it something we should use to govern our lives?

My dad was the first in our little town to buy a rotary gas lawn mower. My grandfather looked at it and decided that it would kill the lawn because the spinning blade would beat the grass instead of cutting it. He was convinced that the old push mower with a wheel driven sickle type blade was the very best thing with which to cut his lawn.

All the while my great grandmother still preferred a hand sickle to cut her grass. After all, the old wheel driven push mower and the hand sickle had always gotten the job done. Both my grandfather and my great grandmother, in this case, believed “if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it.” My great grandmother passed away and, to my knowledge, never used anything but a hand sickle to cut her grass. However, my grandfather was able to see that a gas driven rotary mower as a great invention that made the job of taking care of his lawn much easier.

On the other hand, there are things like a solid rock foundation that cannot be improved on. It has been the very best thing to build on since mankind started to build structures. So we can conclude that the old saying, “if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it,” is not true all of the time.

Are there foundational issues in life that cannot be improved on? Can there be any absolutes in life? How can we determine what is the same, yesterday, today and forever?

These and other life questions will be addressed Sunday morning as “The Gathering Place Family” meets in the Washington Junior High School Library for Bible Study at 9:30 and in the gymnasium at 10 a.m. for our Pre-Service Connection where we enjoy coffee, juice and donuts. Our Worship Service and Children’s Church then begins at 10:30. Come at 7 p.m. and be part of our Wednesday night Bible Study and Children’s Ministry on the third floor above Trends at 120 W. Court St. in Washington Court House.

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By John G. Pfeifer

Religion Columnist