Hinge? Are you Rusty or Oiled?


A rancher opened the stall door to retrieve his horse when he felt the weight of the barn door drag followed by a piercing screech from the hinge. The high pitch screech made the dog howl causing the chicken’s to fly the coop which sent the sheep baaaing across the field making the cattle scatter tearing down the fence. The rancher stood in the door way of his barn scratching his head observing all that just took place. He meant to oil the hinge but was too busy.

He oiled the hinge and opened the oak door again. This time the door swung back with ease and silence. He smiled thinking if he’d only oiled it when he first heard the screech he wouldn’t now be looking at the chaos in the barn yard.

In today society, you can find yourself being pulled in several directions, whether it be work, parenthood, or everyday life to the point of being overwhelm much like the rancher not having time to oil the hinge. Some days seem to feel like a heavy cloud squeezing tighter with each breath.

As in the case of the rancher watching all the destruction with the animals. If only we would take a few minutes each day and be oiled (Spending time with God reading his word) we wouldn’t become the rusty hinge carrying the heavy door (weight of the world or cares of life) making a screeching sound that disrupts everything around us or making the animals go chaotic.

Are you rusty or OILED?

Thought of the day:
 Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken. Psalms 55:22 NIV

Brenda Scruggs




About Brenda Scruggs

Brenda studied journalism in high school which stirred her imagination into putting words on paper. Years later, she read an author’s interview that awakened the creativity that laid inactive. She gathered her thoughts and laid her pen to paper and hasn’t stopped. Brenda loves to create stories in either Contemporary or Historical settings that take the reader on travels of conflicts and suspense with a flavor of romance. Her characters are strong and determined while facing oppositions that could alter their way of life. She is married and lives in Tennessee. She takes pleasure in watching television with her husband, eating Mexican food and scribbling her thoughts on paper. She is the author of, “The Chocolatier.” A delightful story of romance that is sure to melt your heart as you swirl through the pages relishing Charlene and Charles encounter. Brenda writes creative and enjoyable stories, devotions and games that are inspiring and uplifting that reveals how God works secretly in the lives of her characters. Brenda has been published in the Judson Press. – devotional. http:/brendascruggs.wordpress.com
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