While working at the parents house over the weekend some of the items triggered some memories. One box had some electrical items in it and it reminded me of a time when I needed to do some wiring for some refrigeration equipment we were running in the family grocery store. My dad and I were talking about it and he said putting in a new breaker in the box, run conduit and wires over to the new compressor and for extra safety add a fuse or breaker near it. Well, being in my early 20’s I still was at the point in life where I knew everything and my dad, while I was over that teenage attitude that parents know barely enough to breathe on their own, I still thought I knew more than he did about everything. But, that is fodder for another post. Back to the wiring. So, I thought, that was way too much work and told him I could just go ahead, tie the line into a fuse box for some other equipment near the new equipment and only have to run it about 5 feet, instead of 20 feet. He said, “well, you can do that, but it doesn’t mean you should. You just need to get it hooked up so get it figured out and done.”
Now, I SHOULD have realized that what he said was pretty much a variation of when Pop would ask if I thought something was a good idea. But, being an typical 20 something that knows EVERYTHING, I went on with what I wanted to do. I checked the amperage rating for the breaker and the fuse box (a separate box with an on off just for the other piece I was hooking up to at the time,) checked the amperage on the equipment and all was good, the equipment drew less current than the fuses would blow, so all is good. I hook things up and all is fine, turn on the new equipment and it ran great. I avoided doing all the extra work, spending time pulling wires through the conduit after putting it in place, mounting another breaker, etc. This were JUST FINE……well, until they weren’t. That day, all was good, the next day, all was good, and, a few more days, but after maybe a week, the equipment wasn’t working. So, I go check, and breaker is ok, but, the fuses were blown. That shouldn’t have happened, the equipment pulled 10 amps each the fuses were 25 amp fuses. Well, probably bad fuses I thought, so I replaced them, turned things back on and blow the new fuses. Hmmmmm, something odd going on here. I check each compressor and everything seemed fine, main breaker hadn’t tripped. I was stumped. And, at that point I had to do something every know it all 20 something HATES to do. Go ask Dad what he thinks. So, I go talk to him, tell him what was going on and see if he had any thoughts about it. He asked if I tried new fuses…Yup, twice. Did I check the breaker? Yes, it is fine. Did I check to make sure there wasn’t a short in the equipment? Yes. Then, he asked, “So, did you wire it the way you said you were going to wire it?” I knew there had to be something with that wiring that caused an issue, but yes, I admitted I did. He asked about amperage rating on the compressors and we talked about that. Then he asked, is that run or start? What happens with electrical equipment is that to start something when it has been off more current, or amperage, is required. Yes, but why would that change and start blowing fuses now. Then, he mentioned that if one was running and the other started, the current was low enough to not blow the fuses, but what if both were to start at the same time? Umm, well, ummm, then current draw would be too high and the fuses would blow, I had to admit.
So, he said, “well, sometimes just because you can, you shouldn’t. Maybe it would be better if you were to put in a new breaker, run new wires and such.” And, another thing that people at that age hate to admit to their parents is that they are correct. So, I went back, ran it the way he had suggested initially and no more problem.
I had tried to take a short cut, I had tried to do things an easier way and after my effort I found that I still had to go back and do things as I should have in the first place. While I thought I was going to get completed what needed done easier and faster but ended up spending more time and effort between the initial incorrect installation, troubleshooting things to figure out why it was messed up and then STILL had to run it the correct way so a lot of extra time and effort spent on something that did nothing but waste time and a few electrical supplies.
That was about the time, as I was gathering up the supplies to do the installation correctly, that I heard Pop in the back of my mind asking me, “Do you think that’s a good idea?” Thankfully I learned a little that day, one was to make sure the peak amperage draw was less than the fuse rating and the other was that my dad was smarter than I thought and obviously, I wasn’t quite as smart at 20 something as he was in his late 40’s.
And, yup, just because I could do it the easy way, doesn’t mean I should have done so. And, as with other times in my life, I found out that trying to do something, just because I could, but not necessarily should do, caused more work and trouble in the long run. I have taken the easy way, the wide path, that may seem easier, a shortcut of sorts to get to certain places in this life on earth, but it never works out as well as doing things right. Taking the time to do things as they should be done saves time and money in the long run. Living one’s life by doing things right pays off with eternal life with Christ. There are a lot of short cuts one can take, many ways to do things the easy way and a lot of them involve some type of compromise and sin. God wants us to do things the right way, take the narrow gate. For that, for our efforts to follow Him, we will be rewarded.
13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:
14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
The easier way for me, running the wiring a shorter distance to save effort was the wide gate, where there was less effort which caused fuses to blow, but thankfully there was no fire or other damage. I had to go back, remove the incorrect wiring, go to the main breaker box, the narrow gate, run the wiring the correct way and doing things right.
Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence [is] fulness of joy; at thy right hand [there are] pleasures for evermore. Psalms 16:11
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. John 14:6
When I put my trust in God; asked for the forgiveness of my sins that Christ paid for on the cross; when I went to Jesus and begged for mercy; He showed me the right path; He forgave me; He delivered me and removed the wiring that was wrong and with His help I rewired things correctly in my life. He is truly a merciful God who wants to help us and put us on the road to salvation. It may seem more simple for us, easier, to take the shortcut, the wide gate, but that leads to hardship, sorrow, destruction. Even after we take the wrong gate or run the wrong wires, He provided a way, through Christ’s sacrifice on the cross for us to be redeemed and made right. Sometimes that requires removing the old wiring and things that the wide gate brought into our lives, but once we do, He gives us a better path to follow.
Lord, I worship Your Name and marvel at Your majesty, grace, and mercy. I thank You for the lessons on life I have learned and how things in life help me understand the scripture better. I pray in the name of Jesus that You continue to teach me, help me know the right gate, the right path when I have options, to be able to know that easier is not usually better and often is a far worse choice for me. I ask that You help me stay in the path You have me on now and that I learn how to seek Christ and follow Him. I pray that you work in the hearts and minds of loved ones and draw them to You that they know Your mercy and forgiveness and that they see the shortcuts they took that are leading them down the wrong path. I thank You for the sacrifice Christ made on the cross, the suffering He endured for my salvation.
Thanks for your time today. I hope everyone has a blessed day. And, you know I am going to say that you should try to be a blessing to someone else too.