Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

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April 12, 2013

A positive minute: Spring is sprung

Greensburg — Every year as we approach Springtime, we begin to see outdoor projects beginning.

It’s a great time to set our ideas for remodeling, landscaping and other outdoor projects into motion after we have been incarcerated by winter.

Last year, I decided that our kitchen was in dire need of updating since the house was built in 1948 and not much had been done to the kitchen for updates since.  

After my wife Donna and I decided what we wanted to do with the kitchen, we set out to find the kind of kitchen cabinets and appliances we wanted. While we were looking at cabinets we found a skilled craftsman to do the remodeling.

Jim was retired from the building industry. He had been a custom home builder in Ohio, but in recent years had moved to Greensburg and we had become friends. Jim’s wife, Judy, proved to be a wonderful helper. The two of them moved their equipment in, and once the cabinets were delivered the process was underway.

Jim told me about growing up with a father who was highly skilled in the trades, and while his dad didn’t do a lot of instruction by talking about it, the way you learned was by watching what he did with every piece of wood.

I must tell you that I was amazed with the craftsmanship my friend used in setting the cabinets, electrical and plumbing. I noticed where the sink drain goes through the bottom of the cabinet that he even crafted a piece of wood to close in the hole around the drain pipe.

Jim has built custom homes and even worked on high rise hotels as a general contractor. He knows the trade and he takes pride in his work.

Before I ventured into the remodeling phase, I sat down with Donna and we looked at how much this job was going to cost. The scripture tells us: “For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?”  Luke 14:28  KJV.

The whole idea of counting the cost not only refers to any of our home remodeling projects but, also to our life goals and work. What will it take for you to get from where you are now to where you want to be in the near future?

The cost may be an education, change of location and maybe even who you hang out with. Some people have a tendency to pull others down with their own brand of negativity, and when a person is trying to better themselves and moving forward with their life vision some folks are just good at bringing up every reason why something will not work so, arm yourself with reasons why it will work and change who you hang with.

One of the things we tell people who struggle with addiction is, you must change your playground and your playmates. The reason is obvious. If a person hangs around the same old place with the same people they will likely get into the same old trouble.

It’s Spring time. Consider a renovation, if not for your home then maybe for yourself. Don’t forget the details. Jim is all about the details and that’s one of the reasons he has been successful in life.  He has paid attention to the details of his trade those of his spiritual life.

Michael Layne, PhD, ThD, is a Bishop in the Lutheran Orthodox Church and can be reached at 812-614-2160 or, doclayne@yahoo.com.

 

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