Some things get better with time but some things just don’t – like my grandpa’s old green 1990 Ford Crown Victoria.
In spite of our best efforts, that old car was seemingly indestructible. By the time my grandpa officially retired “The Green Car” (as we lovingly called it), the Crown Vic had racked up over 300,000 miles on the odometer, the upholstery was hanging down from every edge of the ceiling, the power windows had become manual widows and the car would sometimes decide to shut itself off as you were driving it down the road. Perhaps the most memorable thing about The Green Car for me was the fact that the car’s reverse gear went out around the 250,000 mile mark. If you were lucky enough to have the privilege of driving The Green Car, you had to make sure to park on a hill or just pull through a parking spot. Otherwise, you would be pushing.
Say what you want about the old Green Car, but that car can teach us all a valuable lesson about living life as a disciple of Christ. It is a lesson that the apostle Paul knew well.
In Philippians 3:13-14 Paul writes, “…But one thing I do, forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” Paul knew how to leave the past in the past. Paul knew how to keep his focus on his hope in Christ. Paul did not have a reverse gear. He was always moving forward. Always growing. Always praying. Always teaching. Always imitating Christ.
Be imitators of me as I am of Christ. (1 Corinthians 11:1)