PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE: A procedure of inspecting, testing, and reconditioning a SYSTEM at regular intervals according to specific instructions, intended to prevent failures in service or to retard deterioration. So, then, what are we talking about? Buildings, plants, equipment, landscaping, tools and mechanical equipment. Local streets, Interstate Highway Systems, swimming pools, personal residences, and vegetable gardens. The list could go on and on. We need to “keep our stuff in good condition.” I painted by house about 5 years ago, and have not put a single stroke of paint on it since. And, I’ve done a poor job of keeping it pressure washed. Consequently, I have some serious paint failures that could have been avoided with a little preventive maintenance. Some people drive their vehicles, such that, the vehicle becomes in-operative be for its time. Most cars have a “change oil” light, or a “check engine” light, whose purpose is to provide the vehicle owner with a warning that they should do something quickly about the problem. Why, then, should we not pay more attention to doing “preventive-maintenance” in terms of our job performance? Some fields of endeavor have CE, or “continuing education” courses, that equates to preventive maintenance. Continuing Education is found in most Professional fields, i.e. legal, medical, accounting, engineering, and Higher Education fields. Why not pay more attention to doing Preventive Maintenance on our Marriages. Historically, we wait until our marriages are almost completely broken before we do something about corrective intervention. Some religious institutions offer week-end retreats for married couples, so as to “head-off” potential marital problems. Most of us would agree that a marriage should be treated like a vegetable garden; requiring weeding, watering, and fertilizing. Would it not also be probable that our “spiritual life” might also need preventive maintenance? Again, some religious institutions offer religious retreats that provide a “boost” to our faith commitment. It seems that there are far more people becoming “un-churched,” then divorced. It would seem that if our religious commitments had an occasional “repair & maintenance,” program, that there might be less abandonment of God. Psalm 119:9-11 tells us: How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to your word. I seek you with all my heart;do not let me stray from your commands. I have hidden your word in my heartthat I might not sinagainst you. ….Blessings… cjlb…7/17/14.