Community in Action July 31, 2020

We still need gas. Yes, even though there is less traveling we still need to stop at the gas station to fill the car with gas. I don’t know about you, but I am always looking for the best price for gas. Costco is often the number one place to start, but if we are getting gift cards for anyone I usually get them at Safeway, because they give you double points and that means 10 cents of each gallon of gas when you reach 100 points. You get one point for each dollar spent.

    Recently for birthdays and other celebrations we had purchase about $150 of gifts cards. Woo-hoo, that meant 30 cents off per gallon of gas. Well of course I didn’t want to just get five or ten gallons of gas, I wanted to let the gauge on the gas tank go as low as possible, not a favorite practice of mine that Joan appreciates.

    So this week I waited to get gas in our car as we traveled to stores, made doctor visits, and drove to and from work. Well, this morning I found out Joan was headed to San Jose to visit a friend so I rushed out the door to fill the car, which was down to about an eighth of a tank of gas left.

    After one minute on the way I realized I forgot my mask. No big deal, I wouldn’t be talking to anyone, but I better have it. So, I turned around, came home, and got the mask. Off to Safeway again.

    As I pulled up to Safeway I noticed two yellow slips on the pump. The first read that all the card readers were down so I had to use cash. Well, I had gotten cash for our last time on vacation and never redeposited it, so viola, I already had cash.

    So first I had to turn around for a mask and now I had to have gas, easy fix, no problem. Then the second yellow paper said “Our Global network is down, if you want to use your rewards you will have to come back another day.”

    What?? I had 30 cents a gallon off on my rewards. I had waited for the gas tank to get more empty and Joan was going to San Jose today, plus I had to get back soon because she had an appointment at 8 am.

    Okay, now what? So I headed off to Valero on Amador Valley Blvd and Regional. When I got there the gas was lower than Safeway and I had cash which made it even a bit lower than by card. So, fill er up.

    Sometimes it seems like a major ordeal just to get something simple done, but it did get done. I, of course, needed the mask in order to pay cash, which I had also.

    There was only one other person there so I didn’t have to wait and I got back in plenty of time for Joan to go to her appointment.

    “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear (or where you will get gas). Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? (Matthew 6:25-26)”

    It is good to get the best deals possible, but God is here for us and we are  precious to him. Don’t let worry consume you. Yes, we can have concerns, but God does not want us to fret, God will take care of us. Especially when we are connected to the body, which seeks to care for each other.

    Let us give our worries to God and seek ways we can help those around us.


    Pastor Randy


P.S. By the way I can get an additional 20 cents per gallon off at Valero if I get my car washed, whoopee!!

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