Flat Tire On The Road Of Life
This past weekend I received a frantic call from staff that they were having van trouble. They were on the road with a van load of Teen Challenge staff and students and one of their rear tires decided to separate. Money is always taken into consideration, but safety is first. They got the van to a tire repair shop and got an estimate for tires – their tire was beyond being repaired. Being the penny pincher that I am, I asked if they could limp home using the spare. They tried the spare. The spare was not safe either. These poor staff and students were on the way back from a memorial service of one of our dearest staff members; were tired; stressed; and now this. I told them to buy two new tires; put the new ones on the front; use the other rear tire for a spare and the two front ones were to be put on the back… and to make sure everything was balanced. Phewwwwwwww… what a day. But they eventually got back on the road and everyone made it home safe and sound. They had to be feeling like everything was hitting at once. Ever feel that way? Ever feel like you not only have one flat tire on the road of life, but that all your spiritual, emotional and even physical tires are completely flattened? It can happen. When it does, how we respond completely determines our outcome. But, how we respond is often determined by how we have prepared in the first place.
My staff have emergency procedures to follow. They followed them to the “T”. They had a back-up support system and a way to pay for what they needed. Do we, do I, have what we need to be able deal with the “flat tires of life”? These flat tires can come in the form of any type of set back (spiritual, emotional, physical, relational financial); an unexpected tragedy; a trial that has seemingly drained all the gas out of our spiritual tanks; or even in the form of us not “running right” because we are in need of a spiritual tune-up or maybe an entire overhaul? We know that on the road of life there can be detours; accidents and all types of hills to climb… How do we stay prepared? Glad you asked…
- Stay close to the maker of the car-speak with Him often! Satan’s biggest trick is distraction. If he can get us so overwhelmed or so busy that we don’t spend time with the Lord; he knows he has one a major battle and that he will be able to get close enough to flatten at least one of our tires.
- Read the owner’s manual. Word Up! The Word is our road map; our personal repair manual and more. We need to DAILY spend time in the Word.
- Come in for regular maintenance checks. We need to make sure that we do NOT forsake the gathering of ourselves together. We need to be in close fellowship with those who will encourage us in the Lord and who will hold us accountable.
- If the oil is dirty… change it! We need to not give place to the Enemy. If there is ANYTHING in our lives that is not pleasing to the Lord, we need to get rid of it.
- Quit trying to change models. God created us for a specific purpose. We are to become ALL God has called us to be. We need to get to the point that we are comfortable in our own skins and do what God has called us to do. If He has made me a Volkswagen, I need to quit trying to be a Mercedes.
If my staff had not taken care of the tire issue on the van, they could have easily gotten into an accident. If we do not stay up on our spiritual maintenance, we too can crash. And just like a car crash can have many casualties… so can a spiritual crash. Our lives not only affect ourselves, but all those in our sphere of influence. Well, I have to go… I need to check out my owner’s manual and need to check in with my maker!