Pit Crew

17 07 2014

I’m a “mastery” sort of person. Once I’ve done something well, I rarely repeat it, but want to move on to learn something new.

For this reason, I’d be a lousy race car driver! After about 3 or 4 laps, I’d dust off my hands and say, “Okay, got that figured out. What can we do next?” Then drive off the track and on to the next adventure!

Speaking of racers, I think they’d have handled the Wilderness Adventure with Moses better than the Israelites. They don’t mind looking at the same terrain for hours and hours while they drive in circles – and do this year after year! Just sayin’!

Life is a journey for each of us. Trials are kind of like finding oneself making laps around the track while we master how to weave in and out without causing or incurring damage, and how to take the curves without getting slung into the wall.

As with racing, one key component is a good pit crew. Without one, or even with a poor one, we don’t stand a chance in the Indy 500.

We were never intended to do life alone.

We need good people around us, ones who know their stuff – especially when we’re in the fast lane of a trial.

One of the things a pit crew handles is fresh tires. There are little balls of rubber on the track, known as ‘marbles’ which come off the tires due to the high speeds and sharp maneuvers. The tread wears off in no time. Slick tires can be deadly, making the vehicle harder to handle.

In the same way, our ‘crew’ needs to have fresh Scripture to give us, something with teeth in it that will help us get a better grip!

Our crew must be willing to wash the windows of our spirit as well, which allows a clearer view of the stuff we’re dealing with.

They need to be especially good with the gas can, able to re-fuel us with encouragement, which gives us the strength to continue.

The better our ‘pit crew,’ the better our chances of finishing well.

Above all we need the Crew Boss (Jesus) to direct the crew – and us as well. He calls us in for pit stops at just the right time, and directs the right people to the right task in order to keep us in the race. He’s awesome that way! 😉

Without a support team, we may finish the race like Lightning McQueen from Cars. We’ll  jump and bounce on our bare rims toward the finish line, with our tongue stuck out, in hopes that the checkered flag will wave for us!

Kachow!

If you haven’t seen the movie, Cars by Pixar, you should. It’s a great object lesson for those of us who think we don’t need anyone! Never get ‘too old’ to watch a good animated movie!

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14 responses

17 07 2014
StephenWhoElse

Yes! Amen! After serving in my ministry for close to 10 years, one thing I’ve learned is that I can never do anything by myself. God created the community so that we can support, encourage and complement each other with our unique gifts!

18 07 2014
lessonsbyheart

Whenever I’ve seen a dismembered body part – be it a finger or guts, it creeps me out and I think, “What’s wrong with this picture?” It was meant to be connected.

As the body of Christ, it is no different. A loner seems out of place – because they are! We were meant to work as a unit…just like the Holy Trinity, Who also work together.

How you doin’, little brother?

\o/

18 07 2014
StephenWhoElse

Hey thanks for the slightly disconcerting mental image…I was doing just fine until now…lol ..

Shalom.

18 07 2014
lessonsbyheart

🙂

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17 07 2014
Yoshiko

Isn’t more practice is required upon figure out?

Yoshiko

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17 07 2014
lessonsbyheart

Um…not sure what you’re asking. 😕

20 07 2014
Yoshiko

Sorry for not being clear enough.
Upon figuring out to make it work, isn’t practicing it helps you to understand better?

20 07 2014
lessonsbyheart

The book of James tells us to practice. “Be hearers of the Word, and not doers only.” You’re right, though. Practice does help one to better understand. 🙂

17 07 2014
paulfg

Lovely to read your bouncy words!! 🙂 And as someone who finds fast cars going in circles a futile exercise, lovely to see you making that a bouncy picture as well!! Really enjoyed this for the chuckles And wisdom!!

17 07 2014
lessonsbyheart

To me it makes as much sense as hitting a little ball as hard and far as you can, go find it, repeat, and put it in a hole…so you can do it all over again 17 more times! More power to those for whom this works. Once I’ve successfully hit the ball, I’m ready to try something else. 😉

Thanks for your comments!

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17 07 2014
vonhonnauldt

The problem with “hitting a little ball as hard…as you can,” etc., no matter how bad you are (like me!), there’s always one shot every round that Tiger Woods couldn’t have done better – and that brings you back, again and again! and the object isn’t just to “hit it,” but to hit it where you want it to go! That’s not as easy as it looks like on TV! And it takes more than one “successful” hit of the ball 🙂

As far as the wilderness journeys and Moses, we all have our own wildernesses and we don’t really do any better in them than they did. That’s why, as an old Kentucky preacher friend of mine used to say, “It’s all amazing grace.”

17 07 2014
lessonsbyheart

Confession: I hit the little ball around myself!

…and have circled the wilderness so many times that I could give the landmarks in order, and the shrubs along the way. Hope to get out someday!

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17 07 2014
Diana Rasmussen

I love that movie – and the music too. Rascal Flatts – Life is a Highway!

17 07 2014
lessonsbyheart

Me too! My grandson watched it daily when they lived with us. It’s a great story.

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