This morning I noticed a Toyota Prius trying to get up a small hill that is very gradual. It’s a small car that does wonders with gas mileage . . . normally.
Northeast Ohio, where I live, was hit by a load of snow yesterday (Yes, the day after Christmas. Bummer.). We used to live in Rochester, NY, where there was an abundance of snow removal equipment. That was because there was quite a bit of snow up there on a regular basis. In fact, our first winter there it was the snowiest city in the United States (except for Alaska). After the first major snow storm that year I was amazed to see a small snow plow being driven by an employee of our town. It was just the right size for the sidewalk! Pretty cool.
We don’t get that much snow where we live now. When it does snow a ton the plows don’t get around as quickly because we aren’t equipped to remove so much at one shot.
The New Year is right around the corner. It’s the time when we take a look at ourselves with constructive criticism. What is it that I need to change about myself? Boy, I really let myself go last year! I like to think that the Holy Spirit capitalizes on this time of year. We could help him out by listening to his prodding about how he’d like to transform us a little more. Maybe a lot more. Sometimes that voice you hear isn’t you trying to improve yourself. Often times it’s God.
Identifying the goal is the first step. Then you must agree to try to accomplish it. After agreeing to accomplish it, we need to use the right tools to make it happen. We fail at our New Year’s Resolutions at this final step more often than the rest. Zechariah 4:6 says “‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty. (NIV)”
And so the little Prius struggled in the depths, spinning and whirring to get the job done. He’d back up ten feet and charge forward to plow his way through, but to no avail. I wonder what kind of mileage that guy got today. From the looks of it, he had about six feet to the gallon in the minute that I watched. Eventually, he gave up. He had struggled valiantly, but he just wasn’t equipped for the task.
What hill is it that God wants you to conquer this year? Don’t take a Prius to an SUV party. God has the power you’ll need. Stop depending on your own, because you’re just spinning your wheels.
Happy New Year!