I used to own a 1955 Chevrolet sedan. It was painted gold and I nicknamed it “The Gold Bomb.” It had a six cylinder engine, automatic transmission and the windows even rolled down - which meant it was “air-conditioned.”
One day I had stopped off at my friend’s house for a visit with him and his mother. When I left the house, I realized that my car was stuck in first gear. I decided to drive it all the way across town to check it at home. Upon arriving at home, I checked the transmission fluid to see where it stood. That was the problem – it didn’t have any. (By the way, I do not recommend doing this with a modern car; you could be purchasing a new transmission.)
So for that day, I was stuck in first gear. Sometimes in the church, especially after a summer lull, we all get stuck in first gear. If we’re not careful and make sure that everything is where it should be, we’ll remain stuck. The challenge for all of us is to get ourselves into a higher gear. And now is the time.
This Sunday, we’re kicking off the Christmas Adventures project. It seems like a long time until Christmas, but it’ll be here before you know it. Time to kick it up a gear and get going. What will you do this fall to help your church kick it up a gear? If you don’t help out, we’ll all be stuck driving along like a snail.
This blog consists of reflections written by the minister each week for the Sunday bulletin. We hope that you enjoy the musings!