The drive home was almost bearable today, not because the traffic was any lighter than usual or because it was such a beautiful day. No, I almost enjoyed driving my car with its brand new tires. What really grabbed my attention was how much easier it was to drive after a complete realignment. I was kind of worried I might drive off the road because I was so used to fighting the pull on the wheel.
If I don’t keep up with maintenance, these brand new tires will get torn up in a hurry. State and local budgets already hurting for cash will not be able to address the desperately needed repairs before I hit scores of potholes.
“Declan” (not his real name, but best friend to the pseudonymous “Kendall“) gave his life to Jesus at camp last summer. I’ve been able to hang out with him a few times since then, but he never really plugged in like I thought. A brutally honest assessment of his conversations reveals a worldview not much different than it was eight months ago.
I wonder if the potholes of life in a fallen world affect more of our students than we realize. While correcting the alignment of my tires was a relatively simple – and not terribly expensive – fix, it’s much messier to work on the alignment of someone’s heart, worldview, and core beliefs. I don’t think we can be content with the pat solution of bringing Bible verses to bear on whatever areas need attention. It takes consistent, life-on-life discipleship by adults who are themselves continually being realigned with the truth themselves.