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The Squeaky Wheel
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Chirp! Squeak! Dead silence. On a recent snowy evening, my wife and I realized we had a huge problem. After the strange noises, dead silence, and rapidly chilling house, we quickly came to the conclusion that the furnace blower was not doing its job. The heat was there, but it wasn’t getting pushed from the furnace into the home.

We braved the chilly night with plenty of blankets, and in the morning I moved a space heater into the kitchen and started the oven so that we could have at least a little heat in the living areas. I called a friend who seems to understand all things mechanical. We were in the middle of our worst blizzard of the year, and it was a couple of hours before he arrived.

We made our way down to the basement, and after taking the motor off and testing it, we came to the conclusion that it was a simple fix. All the blower needed was some grease. The lack of lubrication had actually brought the entire system to a standstill, and as a result our home was very cold.

We applied some of the much needed grease, flipped the switch, and the blower began to pump the warm and welcome air through the heat vents in our home. It was an elementary answer to a difficult problem, and I was ecstatic.

‘The squeaky wheel gets the grease.” That old adage is often used in our conversations to describe a person getting their way by making more noise than anyone else about a subject. In the case of human relationships I’d like to introduce a new twist on that well worn proverb; “The squeaky wheel NEEDS the grease.”

Lubricating our Relationships

In our interactions with others, friction can be caused when the lubricating properties of kindness and love cease to be applied.  A careless word here, a roll of the eyes there, and our mutual dealings with one another can come to a screeching halt. When this happens, the Bible makes it clear that being kind to one another begins with actually loving one another…and that’s a God thing!

Check out this verse; “My beloved friends, let us continue to love each other since love comes from God”  (1 John 4:7).

If we have a deep relationship with God, applying the “grease” (kindness and love) on the relational “wheels” (the feelings of others) becomes a natural extension of the kinship that we possess with our Creator. Others will benefit from our well greased wheels.

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