Lessons from the Garage

Was your dad a garage guy?

Mine was.  He loved woodworking. In the 20 years I lived in our home, I never saw a car parked in the garage.  That was his sanctuary.  My dad was not a car guy. He was a claims adjuster for the Chicago Motor Club.  It was his job to wipe the tears of the men who had their "baby's" scratched, dented or totaled. (Also explains why I never was allowed to have a motorcycle as a kid)  I was raised that a car was a tool to get you back and forth from point A to point B.  Get a cheap, reliable vehicle so you don't get all emotional over a nick in your paint.  This was a lesson he taught me as I watched him make cabinets for friends and family in our garage.  I learned some other things in the garage also like words I shouldn't use at school and to always put your power tools down on the ground because they can't fall off the floor.  I also picked up the value of hard work, to always do my best and to respect my mother. When mom said dinner is ready, we went in right away, she also worked hard to prepare it. I picked up a lot of things from my dad in the garage that still stick with me today.
 
Growing up we seldom went to church.  Dad was Lutheran and mom was a Catholic so they decided to let me make my own choice.  Both went to parochial schools and had knowledge of Scripture. The one lesson my dad had taught me from the Bible was the Golden Rule from Matthew 7:12, "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you". He lived that out.  I would like to think that I have picked some of that up from him.  

What about you?  Did you pick up stuff from your dad in the garage, or yard, or house that sticks with you?  What was good? What was not so good?  Do you live by the Golden Rule or do you still say the words you shouldn't say in school?  No matter what you have picked up from you dad, granddad or father figure, we have a Father in Heaven who created us to pick up stuff from Him to.  He came to earth in the form of a man to actually show us how to live.  You can read about that here.  Remember, Jesus earthly father was a carpenter, I bet Joseph was also able to pick some things from his Son also. 

  Also remember, the kids are always watching