Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Increasing Gas Prices, Like the Heart, Demands an Overhaul

The headline reads, “Thousands of Outdated Gas Station Pumps Can’t Sell Fuel Over $3.99”. It seems that older gas pumps haven’t been replaced with newer pumps in a lot of small town and rural locations. It costs $10,000-$15,000 per pump to replace. The less populated areas don’t do enough business and the profit margins are too slim to afford upgrades.

So, as gas prices are beginning to creep over the $4.00 per gallon mark in many places, the stations with the older pumps are facing a dilemma. How does one charge more for gas when the mechanical meter in the pump literally can’t charge more?

Many are trying to retrofit their meters with rebuilt meters that have higher numbers but the orders are backed up for 2-3 months.

I hate the idea of gas selling for over $4.00 per gallon. However, this story caused me to reflect on the limitations of our “mechanical meter”, our heart. There is a limit on the capacity a human heart can be compassionate, caring, generous, giving, sacrificial, patient, etc. Some people have more capacity than others but everyone one has an internal “meter” that literally can’t go to the next “number”.

Following Jesus Christ and receiving life from Him is the “mechanical overhaul" that gives a man or woman capacities for life that are beyond self.

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