12th February 2019

Life is Like a Steering Wheel!

“Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”
Matthew 6:31-33 (NKJV)

Just over 9 years ago my wife bought a new Ford car. It was the basic model, comfortable, economical and good value for money. Its steering wheel was excellent, turn it left or right, or go straight ahead and it responded as you would expect. In 2017, we decided it was time to update the car. So we bought the same popular Ford model, still pretty much the same car after a couple of facelifts, but a top of the range model, a few months old.

The Steering wheel still did the same job, guiding the car in the direction it needed to go, but with a difference. This steering wheel also enables you to set the cruise control, to increase or decrease the cruising speed and it has controls for the radio, to change the station, change the volume or switch to an iPod if you have one! Also it has controls for your phone, scrolling through your saved numbers, making or receiving calls. It even has paddles, which enable you to change gear, up or down, at the flick of a finger. There is a menu button so you can find or check information about the car. In short, the steering wheel has gone from being a simple way to guide the car left, right or straight ahead, to a complicated control centre, on which you can do almost anything!

Isn’t that a bit like life today? So many gadgets, so much choice, so many competing pressures for our time. Time is the only resource that everyone has an equal amount of, whoever you are, and just like modern car steering wheels, there are so many different demands on that precious resource in our lives today.

As our heading scripture makes clear, whatever the demands on our time as individuals, it’s a question of priority! It’s amazing that if we put God first, life becomes less complicated, less stressful and more enjoyable overall. We will still face challenges, still have our ups and downs, still have to work at putting God first at different times in our lives, but the rewards, now and in the future, are more than worth it.

Driving a car is a responsibility for ourselves, our passengers, and other road users, so however complicated our steering wheel is, it should never detract from our main priority of driving safely. In the same way, don’t let the many distractions of life today take our minds off that number 1 priority—seeking God first. Let God be the steerer of our life!

Prayer
Loving Father, with all the distractions of this world, help us to remember our first priority in life is to put You first. In Jesus’ name we pray.
Amen

Study by Keith Hartrick

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About the Author:
Keith Hartrick is an Elder in Grace Communion Church – Leeds, and serves on the Church Council there.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion – Leeds
Garden Village Welfare Association Community Centre
Pendas Way
LEEDS
LS15 8LE

Meeting Time:
Saturday 2PM

Local Congregational Contact:
Malcolm Arnold
Phone: 01484-312347
Email: malcolm701@googlemail.com

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