Fresh Hope – Day 312

I’m teaching my youngest son, Caleb, to drive at the moment. 

I’ve been taking him out once week for a few months now, and as much as possible, he gets to drive to the office on most mornings (with me in the car that is).

On the rare times that his Mom travels with him, he will ask if he can drive, to which she normally replies that it stresses her too much. 

On the evenings when I’ve been teaching him how to do three-point turns or parallel parking, he always has a tendency to want to be a rally driver on his way home, as the the hour lesson has been so slow and tedious. 

We all have different driving habits, and often they mirror the way we live our lives. Some are fast and furious whilst others are slow and cautious. 

I’d like to think that I’m somewhere in between, both in driving and in life. 

Gillian will often say to me, either, ‘you’re driving too slow’ or ‘slow down, this is a 30mph limit.’ 

I reckon that you can pretty much tell a person’s age by the speed that they drive, and almost can guarantee that that’s the speed in which they do life. 

I wonder today if you are driving your life on the inside lane?  Conserving energy, being cautious, not wanting to get too close to the speed limit?

Without even noticing, our lives can become one long boring motorway journey that is never going to go anywhere in a hurry. You are so concerned with burning yourself out in life that you settle for an inside lane…minimal stress, minimal effort, minimal concentration, minimal speed, minimal blessing and maximum boredom kind of life. 

Why not today overtake the undertaker that resides in you? 

Venture out a little into the fast lane of life and take some more ground that you have feared up until now. 

Stop being so cautious about everything. 

Stop being so reserved in your personality. 

Stop being so intimidated by those that keep overtaking you. 

Stop conserving your energy for another day…that day is TO-DAY.

Sometimes we can be so careful, only because we are so full of care.

Break out of your inside lane mentality, and take to the freedom of the open road. 

Matthew 14:22-31 Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone, and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it. Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear. But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” 

`Pastor Mark

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