Changing Lanes


Do you hate change?  Most people do.

No doubt about it, change is uncomfortable.  I’ve noticed most people change things occasionally, some people change things up ALL the time…… then still others rarely make any changes.

Case in point: I drove up to Newton this evening and performed a test.  I set my cruise control at 60mph.  Now realize that on most the route the speed limit was 70mph, so I really caused a stir and disrupted traffic by my grandma-ish driving.

You may wonder why I would do such a crazy thing as drive 10mph under the speed limit when everyone knows you’re supposed to drive 5mph over?

Simple reason:  I’m trying to see how many miles per gallon I can get on this current tank of gasoline.  On the last two tanks I got 22 MPG but on this one I’m hoping to get at least 30.  All I’m doing different is modifying my driving habits.

Continuing with my story…  People were whizzing by me left and right on the highway and giving me hard stares of derision.  I began noticing something interesting though: some cars would pass quickly while others would hesitate for awhile before passing while still others would simply flat out NOT pass. 

One car in particular slowed way down to my speed.  Then it slowed down further so it was far behind me.  Then it sped up until it was right on my bumper, invading my personal space in a way that increased my pulse as I cringed awaiting impact.  The two of us then moseyed down the road quite awhile like that.  Nobody around, just us two.  Me going slower than a seven day itch, and the car behind me RIGHT on my bumper.  But they were the type of person who hates change so much they couldn’t bring themselves to change lanes and just pass me. 

I talked to an older guy recently who told me he and his wife had been going to the same church for the last 30 years.  Then he told me they have been thinking of leaving for the last 10, and in fact realizes now he should have done so 10 years ago.  But he didn’t then because they were so comfortable and didn’t want to change. 

This man told me he felt it was finally time to change.  The complaints he had about his current church I found interesting: He said the curriculum the Seniors were going through in their Sunday School class was pathetically elementary.  At their age he felt they should be going through stuff far more advanced.  What he also felt was quite sad was how his peers didn’t talk about God or their Christian walk before or after services at church, but rather gabbed about sports and weather and other mundane topics.  This man wanted more.

As you look at your own life, think about things that may be holding you back. What cars are you driving behind you should just pass?  What things have you put off changing for a long time?  If you knew you were going to die tomorrow, what would you regret not having done today?

Maybe today is a day we simply need to get our hearts right with the Lord.  Paul said,

I tell you, “Now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.” (2 Corinthians 6:2)

Now is the day to change lanes methinks.

Sailing in Jesus’ Footsteps

In all the exciting hubbub recently, I forgot I had a blog. 

“What exciting is going on?” you may wonder. Several things, but for one, this past Friday was my last day working at my old job!

Now before you ask what my next plans are, just let me say the future looks bright and I’m currently trying to narrow down my options to just 1 of 57 wonderful possibilities.

But first things first, it has been quite windy here so Nathan and I took the opportunity to go out sailing:


I would like to take this moment to point out that boating is an important part of following in the footsteps of Jesus. 

Here are my proof texts:

Mark 3:9 Because of the crowd he told his disciples to have a small boat ready for him, to keep the people from crowding him.

Mark 4:1 The crowd that gathered around him was so large that he got into a boat and sat in it out on the lake, while all the people were along the shore at the water’s edge.

Mark 4:36 Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him.

Mark 4:37 A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped.

Mark 5:18 As Jesus was getting into the boat, the man who had been demon-possessed begged to go with him.

Mark 5:21 When Jesus had again crossed over by boat to the other side of the lake…

Mark 6:32 So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place.

Mar 8:10 …He got into the boat with his disciples and went to the region of Dalmanutha.

Mark 8:13 Then he left them, got back into the boat and crossed to the other side.  The disciples had forgotten to bring bread, except for one loaf they had with them in the boat.

Matthew 14:32 And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down.  Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, "Truly you are the Son of God." 

Taking a corner in my thought processes, have you ever been interested in numerology in the Bible? 

What do you know about the number 12?  Did you know that 12 is a critical number in the Bible signifying “governmental perfection”?  For instance, there were…

  • …12 fathers from Seth to Noah
  • …12 fathers from Shem to Jacob
  • …12 sons of Israel (which made up the 12 tribes of Israel)
  • …and 12 disciples of Jesus

Additionally, Jesus was 12 years old when he first spoke out publicly and  the Kingdom of God has 12 gates and is guarded by 12 angels and there are 144,000 people sealed (12,000 from each of the 12 tribes of Israel).

And finally, as a shining testament to the importance of the number 12, the word “sailing” (or a derivative) is used TWELVE times in the New Testament! 

Ok, I’m convinced.  I need to be fitting in more time sailing methinks.

Seriously, I would love to go sailing on the Sea of Galilee and visit the locations mentioned in the New Testament. I see there are tours available.

Taking it a step further, I think it would also be incredibly awesome to backpack around Israel in the footsteps of Jesus. It would help me better understand the New Testament and also comprehend and teach on Jesus’ life with more depth. That is def one of the 57 options I alluded to earlier in this post.