10 Life Lessons Learned from Repairing Old Trailers

This past week we have been thinking about some life lessons we can learn from our repair of old, run-down trailers.  :)  Here are a few things we've discussed:

1. If you buy a $500.00 trailer, you'll end up with about $20,000 in problems.
Lesson:  Invest yourself in correct principles, don't settle for less. If you live 'cheaply', you'll have a lot of problems and challenges needing repair.

2. Leaks:
Lesson: When you see a leak and leave it it becomes an environment for decay and cockroaches.
Un-repented sin festers underneath. Best to fix now rather than later.

3. Cheap stuff has a 'facade' of looking nice in the store but underneath it will not last.
Lesson: Looks may be deceiving. It's what's inside that really counts.
There's a retired military couple in this area who, over a life-time, have purchased hand-made high-quality furnishings from their time spent in other countries. Those quality furnishings will outlast them. Plan for the future and invest in things that will last (including yourself.)

4. Broken down and in disrepair? Is there any hope?
Lesson: You can always rebuild. It may take a lot of time and work to clean it up - but you CAN do it and it's definitely worth it.

5. Laws of the Land
Lesson: You are ALWAYS better off obeying the laws of the land AND the laws of GOD. There are many consequences and suffering for those who don't.

6. "Cheap Fixes?"
Lesson:  A cheap fix is not really a fix at all; just a postponement of the inevitable. Remember that in life. There are principles of wisdom here.

7. Some people have a 'poor mind-set', accumulating a lot of 'nothing'.
Lesson: Un-clutter your life in whatever way you need (including the incredible and powerful gift of repentance). There are beautiful results from it and it opens you up to being able to receive new blessings and fresh starts and a lightness in your step and peace in your heart.

8. Heat and Humidity = need for a lot of water!!!
Lesson: We all face different challenges and pressures and it's the Living Waters of Christ that heal and refresh us and quench the thirst of our souls. We invite all to Come Unto Christ and partake of His promised blessings.

9. 'Letting Go' is sometimes the hardest thing. We often see people who are unwilling to change.
Lesson: It can be done. It needs to be done.
We have seen how lives can change dramatically "temporally", and we know that much more important is "spiritually".

10. We know that the Lord loves His children. We see it everyday in very personal ways.
Lesson: We must be willing to 'receive' what He is offering as someday we will stand in His presence to be judged. Now is the time to prepare. 

We invite you to all ponder these things as we have.
We love you all and wish the best eternal blessings for you all.
Elder and Hermana Hendricks

Remember: "Wherefore, do not spend money for that which is of no worth, nor your labor for that which cannot satisfy. Hearken diligently unto me......and.......come unto the Holy One of Israel, and feast upon that which perisheth not, neither can be corrupted......" 
2 Nephi 9:51

Life may get dusty along the way but, in the end, can be made beautiful!!!  :)



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