When you're looking for a lifetime guarantee
When plumbers told us a kitchen faucet had problems, we thought we might try to buy a replacement part from the manufacturer. When we called, we were excited to learn it could be replaced at no cost to us.
The representative said, “We provide a lifetime guarantee on all our faucets.”
Later when a similar thing happened to a bathroom faucet, we searched for the model on their website to get a model number. When we didn’t find it, we emailed pictures of the faucet to the company. Later, a representative restated their lifetime guarantee and said, “We’ve discontinued that model, but you may choose from any of our other faucets, and we will provide the whole thing free of charge.” These replacements saved us hundreds.
Lifetime guarantee. When’s the last time you heard that phrase? Companies used to offer them routinely when so many prided themselves in their work, but those ideas are often considered outdated.
I searched for “companies with lifetime guarantees” and found about twenty that still have them including the famous one up in Maine to whom my husband sent a twenty-five-year-old pair of hunting shoes back to be re-soled. Sure enough, they returned them— same boots—new soles. You have to love a company like that.
On the subject of lifetime guarantee, we sometimes forget about the ones we have as believers—the strong assurances of God’s love. They are not to be glossed over but held closely to our heart and used to build a foundation in our lives. The hymn writer wrote, “Standing on the promises that cannot fail. . . by the living word of God I shall prevail.”
Here are a few of so very many:
“Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you” (Hebrews13:5).
“I give them eternal life and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand” (John 10:28).
“Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away” (Matthew 25:35).
“Those who know your name trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you” (Psalm 9:10).
“I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life” (John 5:24).
“Peace I leave with you: my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid” (John 15:27).
“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirt of life set me free from the law of sin and death” (Romans 8:1).
“Love never fails” (1 Corinthians 13:8).
“For no matter how many promises God has made, they are ‘yes’ in Christ. And so, through him the ‘amen’ is spoken by us to the glory of God’ (2 Corinthians 1:20).
I could go on, but you get the picture. Lifetime guarantees are exciting, but the guarantees God makes are not just for a lifetime but for all eternity.
So, whether we’re sending a pair of old boots back or an old faucet, it’s a reminder of the greater guarantees we have in Jesus. And unlike the temporal guarantees, God’s promises will never be auctioned off to the highest bidder or lost in a company restructuring.
No wonder we call it “good news.” (Luke 2:10).
Beverly Varnado is the author of several small town romances from Anaiah Press including her latest, A Season for Everything. All are available at Amazon. A memoir, Faith in the Fashion District, from Crosslink Publishing is also available as well as her other books, Give My Love to the Chestnut Trees and Home to Currahee. She also has an Etsy Shop, Beverly Varnado Art.
To explore the web version of One Ringing Bell, please visit bev-oneringingbell.blogspot.com
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