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Until the Wheels Fall Off

I drive a 2000 Ford Taurus that's odometer is currently registered at just over 227,000 miles. I'm sure you've heard the phrase, “I'm going to drive my car until the wheels fall off.” I take that phrase literally and almost did drive my car until the wheels fell off. Up until last November, “Betsy” (my Taurus) has been a pretty dependable car. Since November of 2013, I have had to replace the engine, fuel pump, starter and brake pads.

Recently, I was noticing that my car was driving pretty rough. As the car picked up speed it felt like a spaceship getting ready for take off. The steering wheel would vibrate violently and the ride was like that of a tractor on a gravel road. I chalked up this rough ride to the fact that the car was old, things were breaking down and thus the ride was not as smooth as it used to be back in the day. Thank God for the mechanic who replaced my fuel pump because he advised me that 3 of my 4 tires had the metal exposed. One tire was so bad they didn't even feel comfortable driving it down the street to test drive it. That would explain why my car drove like it did.

Those tires are now replaced and my Taurus is riding like a Cadillac (well, maybe not quite that smooth). I now look back at all the bumpy rides I had and think, those could have been avoided had I only looked at the tires sooner. Life isn't always smooth. Some days are bumpy and things in your life start to vibrate violently. As humans, we are quick to blame everyone else as the reason why our life isn't running more smoothly. If we are honest with ourselves, we will notice that maybe we have some metal exposed in the tires of our lives. Maybe the problem isn't with everyone else, maybe the problem is we need to replace some things personally. Is envy beginning to show through in your life? Replace it with new tires of contentment (Philippians 4:11). Is bitterness revealing itself? Replace those tires with new tires of forgiveness (Colossians 3:13). Is pride poking its ugly head through? Replace it with new tires of humility (James 4:10).

Want a smoother ride in your life? Check your tires first, maybe it's time to make some changes.  Don't wait until the wheels fall off.

Ride Smooth,

Pastor Jeremy

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