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Is It Worth Restoring?
English: This is a photo of Dr. Charles “Chuck” Baldwin, the 2008 Constitution Party (a United States third party) Presidential candidate. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
November 4, 2012 · By Michael Day · 0 Comments
…..Today, as I began my morning walk, a beautiful antique car drove past me. It was one of those automobiles that’s impossible to miss. It was immaculate and shiny. I’m no aficionado of classic cars, but to me, it had a comfortable, familiar look. Except for the color (cherry red), it was the kind of car I would have seen drive down the street when I was a kid. I guessed it was from about 1950.
Later, looking on my computer, I decided that the car I saw was indeed a 1950 Chrysler Imperial, or something very similar. I got to thinking about how wonderful it was that someone valued that car enough to fully restore it. Because some old, beat up cars are collectible, they’re worth the investment it takes for them to be restored. But first, it takes someone to see the car’s value and care enough to restore it.
For a moment I allowed myself to wish that old, worn out folks could be restored, too. Wouldn’t it be great to charge up a hill, without any shakes or shimmies, with the same get up and go we took for granted when we were young and the world was new? Ah, wishful thinking … Actually, we believers have something far better than restoration to look forward to. We have the resurrection. And that’s forever.
It’s not the same for automobiles, or anything else we make, for that matter. We experience a palpable thrill and pride when we first own a fine car. But time wears it down. The paint chips, the body gets dings, parts break, upholstery rips, lines leak. The entire life of the car is fraught with maintenance and repairs. Then one day you decide it’s not worth it any more. What do you do? Rebuild the engine? Repair the transmission? Have the body work done, or whatever? Or is it time to trade in that old bucket of bolts for a newer model with a zippy feel and a real future on the road?