Have you ever had to push a car? I remember as a kid, my mom’s car breaking down a few times and we would put it in neutral then push it out of the way. I remember as a teenager, dating my now hubby, and he had a car that would he would need to “pop the clutch,” so he would put it in neutral, give it a push and do whatever else went into the popping part (I really have no clue what he did, I just watched). Anyway, neutral is the easy way to move the car. Push it and steer it where you want it to go with little effort.
Neutral is a gear on your car, but it should not be one in your life. Ouch, I know when I thought of that for me it stung just a little. Sometimes, it is nice to just be in neutral and push through the task of the day. From getting kids here and there, to keeping up with the household chores, to work responsibilities, checking on friends and family, keeping connections going, and as you know the list continues. Neutral can be easy and sometimes just make the mundane bearable.
While neutral can be easy, it is not where we should drive from. Try putting your car in neutral and giving it gas, how far do you get? The sound your car makes is quite interesting as well. (disclaimer that I am not responsible for anyone who damages their car by really trying this J).
Now picture your life in neutral: your conversations with your spouse, friends or children, your chores, your prayer time or your time reading the bible. If you are always in neutral, are you really in control? Are you gaining the benefits or growing? We must choose to be in drive in each moment. Neutral is good for a slow-down-and-take-a-breath moment, but what can you really experience. You’d miss all the challenges and amazing victories if you do not press on the gas and go.
Today, I want to encourage you to find accelerator and put your personal car in gear; no neutral. Find the speed limit that fits your family and … Ready. Set. Go!
Romans 12:2 — Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
1 Thessalonians 5:17 — Pray without ceasing
Deuteronomy 6:5 — You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.
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