Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Teen Drivers and Holding On

Young driver
I compared the teens I work with to bad drivers. Which is to say, I compared them to each other. Yeah, I was the only one really laughing when I did that, although a few fingers started pointing at each other. The truth is, my kids remain safe, thanks in large part to my keeping them off the streets and sidewalks and out of parking lots where teens are practicing their...ahem...skills.

But why would I discuss teen driving skills. Because the Bible verse we were looking at mentioned swerving. More to the point...

Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.
~Hebrews 10:23

So holding on to our faith should be nothing like how they drive. We shouldn't swerve, but this isn't because of how awesome we are. It's because God who promised knows how to drive, steer and any other metaphor you can think of for cars. The author of Hebrews tells us God is faithful. 

How do we do this? I could tell you stories involving Greek culture and small mirrors, but that would be Robert Fulgham's story from It Was On Fire When I Lay On It. Google it, it's a good story. 

My story could include driving into the back of big trucks, seeing my dad weep over his previously undamaged minivan. It could include doing 360's in a church van in the middle of a blizzard (not on purpose, of course). But those stories might not go over so well with the little gecko and those people who insure my driving. 

Needless to say, there have been moments when more focus might have been beneficial. Lack of focus leads to swerving, on the road and in the paths of life. That could almost be in a commencement address. The bottom line is we have great reason to hope. His name is Jesus. We have many things which can distract. Those things are called life. 

But we have a calling to hold on. Without swerving. Don't worry about your skills. God is faithful. 

Do you have any good stories of horrific driving?

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