Published March 6, 2012

Shelia Shares....
"Running Right"

Recently I have had some disappointing experiences with auto service and repair facilities. The dealership, where we had gone for years, almost always found a problem. They really slipped up when they "needed" to replace a part they had only replaced about a year ago. The next national service facility where I took the car told me they couldn't start my car when they wanted to work on it. They needed to replace the battery. I gave the go ahead, but it did make me question since I had not had any problem with getting the car started. None! Where could I go and get an honest servicing done?

In the mail, we received a "big" coupon mailing. The mail piece was about 12 x 14 in size and offered discounts from various places. The one offer was a greatly discounted car inspection and tire rotation. Knowing that I couldn't be out too much money with this offer, I called and made an appointment for my car. Yes, they found a problem with my headlights, which I authorized them to repair. The charge was reasonable and now I can actually see to drive in the dark and even see a difference driving into our garage. It actually was a problem and they fixed it.

When I picked up the car, I could feel a difference in the way it drove. I didn't understand since I hadn't authorized or paid for a tune up. For quite a while, I had felt like I was fighting the car when I drove and chalked it up to age on the car. Driving home from the shop this time, it rolled so smoothly. I didn't understand.

When I arrived home and took a look at the bill, I read something odd. Under rotate tires, which was part of their coupon, they had written "including turn two tires that were running the wrong direction." What did that mean? Aren't tires round? Can't they roll either direction?

Tires can roll either direction. But mine were going the wrong way because the treads are designed to run in a certain direction. When I drove in water, the tread didn't throw the water away from my car properly. Driving in snow was nearly impossible. Even on clear roads, I felt like I was fighting the car. If someone had told me my tires were running the wrong direction, I would have thought they were putting me on. But, I felt the difference the moment I started to drive away from the service department, before I knew a reason for the difference.

In our spiritual lives, we can have our "tires" running the wrong direction. It happens when we only put on part of the armor of God. (Ephesians 6: 11-13) It happens when we clean up outward actions, but our heart has never experienced a change. It happens when we ask God to bless our plans, rather than asking Him to show us His plans and guide us where He wants us to go. It happens when we go to church on Sunday, but forget Christ the rest of the week. Two "little" sins can be like those two tires of my car running the wrong direction. The ride is not smooth when we're fighting God in any area of our lives.

Get the "tires" turned around. Accept Jesus as Savior and as Lord. Don't act religious, but allow the Holy Spirit to make a change in you. Put on the entire armor of the Lord. Circumstances might be difficult, but if the tires are running the right direction, the ride will be smooth. After all, we have a Lord who says, "Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light." (Matthew 11: 29, 30)

- Shelia

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