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Thursday, October 7, 2021

By Dr. James L. Snyder


Some people believe in karma, but I don’t. I do believe that everything you do does have consequences.

Recently, my truck was in the garage for about six weeks getting a new engine because the old engine had died. It was either get a new engine or a new truck. The engine was a lot cheaper.

While my truck was in the shop, I used the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage’s van. Believe me when I say it was a challenge to drive that little van.

I had no choice. Either borrow my wife’s van or walk.

Then the day came when my truck was finished and ready to pick up. Oh boy, was I excited?

My wife drove me to the shop, and I was able to pick up my good old truck. Driving home was a very wonderful experience that I long shall cherish.

I did make one little blunder. I talked to someone about my experience driving my wife’s van, and not knowing she was within earshot, I described her van as a “Sissy Van.” I explained that that van was only for sissies.

“Did you just refer to my van,” my wife said to me rather sternly with both hands on her hips, “as a sissy van?”

I never challenge what my wife hears; only explain by saying, “That’s not exactly what I meant.”

“All right,” she said very seriously, “just remember that what you do always comes back on you.”

I smiled and shrugged the comment off. I simply don’t believe in karma.

Almost four weeks to the day, things began to happen.

I was driving my truck and on a Friday I drove to church to do some work at the office. Everything seemed to be going fine.

When done, I went to my truck to go home. I turned the key, and the engine did not start. It was at 4:15 in the afternoon, and the repair shop where I take my truck closes at 2 o’clock on Friday afternoons. So I was stuck until Monday.

The hardest thing I had to do was call the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage and tell her I was stuck, the truck wouldn’t start, and could you come and pick me up?

That Sunday, as I was setting up the sound system to record the Sunday service, I could not get it working. None of the microphones worked, and there wasn’t anything I could do to change it.

That was Sunday. Then Monday came tiptoeing along, and somebody had hacked into my email, and I could not open up my email. I worked very hard to get it open and set a new password, but nothing worked. So finally, the email service locked me out for 24 hours because I had done it too many times.

It took several days to unlock my account, so I could use my email.

I still don’t believe in karma, but sometimes things come back on you because of some of your actions.

I read in the Scriptures that evening, “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap” (Galatians 6:7).

I need to learn how to be careful in what I sow because that is exactly what I will reap.


Dr. James L. Snyder is pastor of the Family of God Fellowship, Ocala, FL 34472, where he lives with his wife. Call him at 352-216-3025 or e-mail jamessnyder51@gmail.com. The church web site is www.whatafellowship.com.