My dad used to say that cars were a necessary evil. We would all be better off riding a horse. I didn’t believe him at the time because I thought his aphorism was a way to tell me that I would not get a car when I turned 16. I did buy me a car for my 16th birthday. I was a 1971 yellow Volkswagen.

I loved that car.

The car got me through High School, College, and Seminary. I put 175,000 miles on that car.

It was a simple vehicle. It had everything a car needed to be a car. Sure you had to know the battery was under the back seat, the gas tank was in the front and the engine, if you could call it that, was in the back. The car had no AC. It had no FM. I did install CB. There were no warning lights. A speedometer and a gas gauge were it for instrumentation.

I love my current vehicle, but it drives me nuts!

My Toyota is a hybrid. It has all the bells and whistles that can put stuffed into that model car. The car just annoys the fool out of me. It beeps at everything. I have been parking cars under carports for years. I have been doing it for longer than my car has been a car. Yet the car beeps at me when I back up because the posts are too close to the car. It beeps at me telling me I’m in reverse. It beeps at me telling me a tire got lower last night while I slept.

I don’t care car!

I don’t care that I’m too close to the posts. I don’t care that I’m too close to the wall at McDonald’s or too close to the car in front at the drive thru pharmacy. That is your car opinion.

The car has politically correct cruise control. It keeps you proper distance from the car in front of you. It fusses at you if you change lanes without signaling the lane change. When you are low on fuel the car wants to tell you where the nearest gas station is. It also likes to hound me about the need for regularly scheduled maintenance.

I’ve come a long way since my simple Volkswagen, or have I?

I learned a life changing truth through a children’s song. We sang, “Jesus loves me this I know.” Today we have bands, choirs, and orchestras leading worship services. We have lights, cameras and at this church, fog machines adding to the atmosphere of worship. We have technical people, sound people, and multiple clergy and staff leading other folks at the church. With all this stuff, our message has not changed in 2000 years.

It is still true, “Jesus loves me this I know.”

What truth guides your life?

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