I can hear it now, "Learn how to drive, Jesus freak!" Not pretty, but it could happen. I myself recognize certain cars for their unique "flair," and my own inferences about the driver's character have been tainted by some of their more creative vehicle operating maneuvers. You get the drift.
I just can't be trusted to rep God's "brand" all over my truck. It's the same reason that I don't own a bunch of "Christian-y" t-shirts. The minute I decide to self-label my person or belongings "Christian," every word, action, and intention comes under scrutiny. Because, I can be the worst. Just like all of us who have faith, but who can't shake the "humanity" off, despite our best intentions.
Christian symbols are beautiful things. I love a piece of jewelry with meaningful scripture. I'm humbled to see a cross hanging around the neck of a friend, reminding me of the sacrifice made for us. The problem is that when I wear those things, or when I adorn the back of my vehicle, they're not visible to me. They're of no help. They give everybody around me information about my beliefs, but the visuals don't personally move me to action.
But. What if the visual was on the dash? Music was playing in the car? What if I replayed in my head the scriptures I'd memorized that morning? What if I spoke a prayer before the kids got out of the car for school?
Our hope and guidance has to be set right in front of our eyes. Habits, day-after-day. If not, faith is nothing more than a quickly scribbled resolution shoved in the back of the junk drawer. Symbols are a wonderful thing, but only if they have a direct affect on the way that we live our lives.
- What helps you to stay on track? Encouragement and Scripture?
- Where do you put visual reminders? Lists and Goals?
- Do you have an accountability partner?
Honk if you love Jesus (or not),
even at night my heart instructs me.
I keep my eyes always on the Lord.
With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.