Preventative Maintenance

Pr.27:17  “Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.”
         Friends help friends stay sharp. Through routine maintenance, friends that help each other stay sharp avoid lots of costly repairs. Damage control or rebuilding in the future is not as frequent. Friends that encourage each other to go to all the church services and activities. Friends that hold each other accountable in their Bible study and prayer time. Friends that compete in scripture memory and reading. When I was in high school this campaign was started to curb the intoxicated driving epidemic. Their slogan was “friends don’t let friends drive drunk”. A true friend encourages his friend to know what God’s Word says about intoxicating substances. They memorize scripture and make life decisions together that avoid even taking a drink that leads to drunkenness, much less driving drunk. They help each other avoid the relationships where drinking and doing drugs would be acceptable. Preventive maintenance is a term that I learned in the military. The Benjamin Franklin axiom that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is as true today as it was when Franklin made the quote. Although many use the quote when  referring to health, Franklin actually was addressing fire safety. Smokey says it this way “only you can prevent forest fires”. Prevent your friends from going down in smoke. Provoke each other to good works. Heb 10:24 And let us consider one another to  provoke unto love and to good works.” Proverbs 8:32 “Now therefore hearken unto me, O ye children: for blessed are they that keep my ways.” 

Tim Tullos | YP
Patuxent Baptist Church
Great Mills, MD