Turbo or Coasting

>> Tuesday, September 24, 2013

My car has a very important letter on it…a T…which stands for turbo. When my husband, John, and I drove to Banff, Canada in July, we had fun with that turbo. We traveled on mostly two lane roads, in the mountains, with passing lanes few and far between. No matter who was driving, when we needed to pass, we would yell “turbo time” and press on the accelerator. Passing quickly was a cinch.

My car is designed for spurts of power.

Now let’s talk about a recent evening when John and I…along with another couple…traveled about 30 miles away for an evening of fun. It was 10:30 when we headed home. We passed a sign that said “14 miles to Kennewick”. John glanced at his dashboard where it tells him how many miles of gasoline he has left.

Big problem. It said “six”.

Instead of hitting the accelerator, he immediately slowed below the speed limit, cars zooming past us. Each time the road had a little downward slope; he put the car in neutral. We glided through the dark, watching the number on the dashboard go from six to five to four to three. It said two when we saw the lights of Kennewick in the distance…and the road was almost all down hill to get there.

We coasted to the nearest filling station.

Isn’t life like that? There are times when we need a turbo boost, expending enormous amounts of energy in a brief period of time. When that situation is over, we return to our regular pace of life. Then there are other times when we are low on fuel and need to conserve all the energy we have. We feel like life is passing us by as we cope with an illness or death. But in the distance we can see lights…and a re-fueling station. 

We can rest in Him…the Light of the world. He will supply us with exactly what we need when we need it.

 “You are the Light of the world.” Matthew 5:14a (NIV)  “You revive my drooping head; 
my cup brims with blessing.” Psalm 23:5b (MSG)


One Point

>> Sunday, September 8, 2013

The NASCAR race for the Chase was almost over. Just one more race and the Chase contenders would be decided. Astonishingly, Jeff Gordon, four-time Sprint Cup Champion, was too many points out. This race was it. He tried…and tried harder. But last night, at the end of the race when the checkered flag was waved, he hadn’t made it.

He needed only one more point.

He had already driven in 26 races. In any one of those races, if he had passed one more car he would have received one more point. Or if he had been the driver that led the most laps in a race that one more point would have been his. Winning a race would have given him three more points.

In the end, he didn’t make it into the Chase due to the lack of one point.

Sometimes life is just like that. We fall short by just one lousy point. Maybe if we had listened just a little longer we would have understood where that other person was coming from. Maybe if we had stopped our busyness a little sooner and spent a little more time with our child, the relationship would have gone a different direction. Maybe if we hadn’t ignored some physical symptoms, the disease would have been discovered in time.

In the end, we don’t want to look back and see where we failed because of one lousy point.

“So this is my prayer: that your love will flourish and that you will not only love much but well. Learn to love appropriately. You need to use your head and test your feelings so that your love is sincere and intelligent, not sentimental gush.” Philippians 1:9-10 (MSG)


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