When Maurice Sedlazek got home after an afternoon of shopping he saw a 40 ton truck sticking out of the side of his home in Karlshofen Germany. He was upset, but not surprised. Mr. Sedlazek’s home had been damaged by vehicles ten times since he built it. He admits that his house which is located on the curve of a highly used road is a “time bomb” and that if he and his wife don’t move eventually someone may get killed and yet he remains reluctant to move.
Here is my observation: When this guy built his house he had a plan, but that plan clearly had a flaw. He certainly didn’t foresee the kind of danger he was putting himself and his wife in. It would seem that after the time a car ended up in their kitchen or the times vehicles ended up in their bedroom, he would have acknowledged the problem and done something about it. I would think that he would realize that ignoring the problem won’t make it disappear.
The truth is it is easy to fall into the trap of staying with a plan that doesn’t work. Habit, apathy, and being satisfied with “almost good enough” can cause us to experience the same problems, the same setbacks, the same pain over and over again. It doesn’t have to be that way. The Bible tells us that we can draw upon God’s unfailing strength to help us move forward and find a new direction. We live on a highway called life and if we’re not careful we will get run over by a 40 ton truck. Maybe it’s time to move to a better way of living. (And yes, that includes the like of our churches)
Here are a couple Scripture points to consider while you mull the way you have always done things over in your mind: “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is _ His good, pleasing and perfect will.” (Romans 12:2) “One thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”(Philippians 4:12-14)