Happiness is not a state to arrive at, rather, a manner of traveling.
February 28th - navigating the potholes
Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and enjoy the journey.
After a winter of potholes, ice and snow hidden curbs many of our cars have an invisible problem. When we drive down the road there might be a certain drift to the side on a straight section, or stepping on the brake causes the car to veer off center. When we examine the tires we find that they are wearing unevenly, leaving us with the possibility of poor traction and even tire failure. These are all common indications that something is not right, even though there is no obvious visible problem with the car. What has happened is that the car’s wheels are out of alignment. In reality, under a number of circumstances these invisible defects render the car dangerous to drive, so we take our cars into our friendly mechanic and have the wheels realigned.
Lost hope or broken dreams, are like painful potholes on the bumpy road of life.
Just like our car wheels, our hearts can get out of alignment and every aspect of our lives is thrown out of kilter. Daily living is full of bumps and potholes that cause us unseen injury and result in our hearts becoming self centered. Thankfully, we have a regularly scheduled heart realignment, the season of Lent.
Like a car that has a wheel alignment problem, the bumps and bruises of daily living cause us to look to ourselves and realign our thoughts. If we focus on ourselves, our hearts become misaligned, because we align our hearts to that which is most important to us. Like driving a car with seriously misaligned wheels is dangerous, a misaligned heart is a critical threat to our spiritual health and eternal well being. Lent is the time that we are reminded of our need to take our focus off ourselves and return to God as the center of our lives, for he is our true and everlasting treasure.
This Sunday we reach the half way point in our journey to Easter. Halfway there ! It’s a good time to get that alignment.
When life's road has pot holes and speed bumps...it makes you a better driver