I tend to think of my younger years, even though I am only 41. I spent a portion of my early life living on a small farm in northwest Minnesota. It wasn’t a large farm by today’s standards, but it did the best it could to provide for our family. As time went by the farm became too small for supporting our family, my dad went back to vocational school and became a mechanic, we then moved on.
I can’t remember how old I was when my dad decided to build a go-cart. It wasn’t anything fancy, but it was functional. We would spend hours helping him cut the metal, bend metal, and weld the seams. The mentality was this: if you want to use it, you need to help build it, and that is what we did.
The go-cart came to life; my brother and I anxiously waited for that moment that we got to drive it. My dad found an old five-horse Briggs and Stratton, he connected it to a transmission that had a few speeds forward and a reverse, just in case. Problems started occurring with the transmission; we constantly sheared keys off, so my brother and I become experts on shear key replacements.
My dad was tired of always having to buy keys, so he decided to upgrade the go-cart to a different power plant. He found an old Rotax single cylinder from an old Ski doo snowmobile. He ran the clutch system with the belt drive, but the problem was the clutch on the motor never disengaged, but what did that matter? We now had a go-cart that would go fast but stopped like a freight train, unless you hit something, like a light pole or a tractor tire, which I only did once. Let’s just say in my defense that the friction style brakes rubbing on the rear tires were not very functional. Needless to say, I did not get to ride the go-cart much after that incident.
2 John 1:8 (CEB) tell us this, “Watch yourselves so that you don’t lose what we’ve worked for but instead receive a full reward.”
Sometimes in life we “run into things” and we forget what our purpose is. Being a Christian is work; we are challenged through opposition and hurtfulness. We have to remember that we will receive that full reward, we will get to drive that go-cart, we will get to work together forming new disciples. We are just the workers on a mission and God is there making sure when we hit that obstacle, we are being protected.
Pastor Greg Leslie