My brother told me that I should use our old L300 Van more often. Keeping it in the garage will not serve its purpose, and also makes it prone to deteriorating. That, after all, was what happened to the Suzuki Samurai, kept unused for too long, the battery lost its charge, the mechanical parts became stuck, the wheels deflated, and lines got clogged.
Apparently, the money I will save from using the bike everyday is nullified by the cost of keeping vehicles that rarely hit the road anymore.
That aside, I realized later on that most followers of Christ are like me with respect to the vehicles: we have resources that have so much potential, but don’t use them because using them has a cost, and more often than not, we are not willing to pay that cost.
Using a car over a bike means I can cover longer distances in shorter lengths of time. It means bringing more stuff, and being less tired because I don’t have to pedal. But it also means setting aside a budget for gas, maintenance, etc.
There are times that we want to do something for God, something that we know would please Him. It may be something as simple as going out of your way to help a friend or a stranger. Or perhaps writing a blog article. Or maybe being an encouragement to someone whom you know is down. It may even involve long term stuff like building relationships with the people you interact with everyday, but don’t really get to befriend. It may also be a big project, like wanting to write about or interview people you look up to. But then you look at the cost and decide that you’d rather go status quo.
The fact that we can even dream about doing these things is evidence that we can. The fact that God allows us to think such things means he may want us to carry them out.
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” – Philippians 4:8
So, what cars are accumulating dust on your garage? Might as well take them out for a spin 🙂