|This looks just like my ride, except mine is covered|
with dust from our gravel road, and the grill is held in place with
baling wire because of that deer that jumped out in
front of me....
Example: I drive a 2004 Ford Escape. It runs well, has never broken down, and I like the way it drives. But I'm a little embarrassed by it. Most of my friends have nicer, newer cars. Should I spend $30k or so on a nice new vehicle? No... our budget wouldn't stand the strain right now. But...sometimes...
The Lord tells us to set our minds on things above, not on earthly things (Colossians 3:2). Jesus tells us not to worry about clothes or food, but to seek His kingdom first (Matthew 6:29-33). And remember the story of the fig tree in Mark 11:
The lack of fruit on a tree that ought to have spent its energy growing figs rather than leaves angered our Lord (from the day 7 reading).
The Lord is pretty straightforward about how to bear fruit for His Kingdom. 1) Love God first and best, and 2) Love others. If we gain the habit of beginning each day by asking "How can I show love for God and for others today?" I think we are on the right track.
One of these days the Lord will provide us a new or at least a newer car, and I'll be happy about it, and I'll enjoy driving it. Meantime I'll be grateful for Ol' Red, and work at putting my focus on things above.