Anyway, off I go to the Internet. Yes, that's right. I wondered if there were any instructions on how to fix a dryer. Naturally, they do. So, I watched a youtube video and then I obeyed. Before you know it, I diagnosed the problem with the dryer. The belt was broken. I then headed off to purchase the belt. No problem.
Putting on the belt was a slightly different story. The package of the new belt had instructions. I tried to follow them, but I just didn't quite understand. Plus, the diagram they had was from the rear view and not all that clear how the parts were aligned. I checked out the youtube video again. This was also from the rear view, in other words, everything was facing the opposite direction. Finally, after pondering the video, the picture, and thinking things through, I got the belt on and working. I tested it out on a small load of laundry, and after thirty minutes, it was still working beautifully. I was amazed. I fixed something.
The next day my wife was doing laundry and said it wasn't working. Uh-oh. So, I opened the dryer. That was a piece of cake now. I discovered the belt needed to be realigned. I must not have had it in perfect place. Live and learn. I re-positioned it. Ever since, the dryer has worked well.
Why do I write that? I never had a great desire to fix things. That became part of my identity, "I'm not a repairman." This time I went against my identity. Through God's help, (Yes, I prayed through this) he gave me the ability to accomplish something I never did. So, often we pigeonhole ourselves as a certain type of person, and thus we are afraid of going against our perceived self. (Yes, others help define who we are.) But do you know what? We are something more than how we define ourselves or something more than how others have defined us. There are times we need to do something opposite of our identity. If we do, we might find out that maybe our perceived identity is not totally right.
The more I have walked in harmony with God, I have found he challenges my image of myself. He takes me beyond what I thought I could do. He probably allowed the dryer belt to break to expand my horizons. It worked.
However, if your dryer belt breaks, don't call me.