Parking Thoughts

Simplistic hokey advice for a friend struggling with discouragement.

junky carPicture yourself driving down the street in a beat-up junky car.

Emblazoned on the side is a word like “Discouragement” or “Anxiety” or “Failure” or “Ugly” or whatever it is you are struggling with.

Park that car.  It doesn’t matter where you are.  Just pull over to the side and put it into park.

Get out of that car.  Don’t forget to slam the door behind you.

winnerWalk to a different car.  Look for one that’s labeled “Hope” or “Peace” or “Success” or “Beauty.”  It’s right there, waiting to be driven.  The keys are in it.

Get in that car and drive away.  Don’t even bother to look back at the junker that you’ve left behind.

Remind yourself often of the car you are now driving.  Don’t be afraid to enjoy the luxury of the leather seats.  Hit the gas every once in a while so you can really feel the power of the machine.

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you. (Phil. 4:8)

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