Do It Wobbly

Pastor Ed Young - Lead Pastor of Fellowship Church
Ed Young

March 3, 2024

sharethis-inline-share-buttons
Do It Wobbly

Read

Galatians 6:9 "Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up."

James 1:12 "Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him."

Think

Have you ever dashed into your local grocery store, only to grab the one cart with the outrageously loud squeaky wheel? It's like a universal experience, isn't it? You stroll in, hoping for a smooth shopping trip, but end up with the cart that announces your presence to everyone in the store. "Of course, I'd pick the one with the squeaky wheel!" you mutter, convinced that all eyes are on you as you navigate the aisles, unintentionally disrupting the peace of other shoppers.

But pause for a moment. Look around, and you'll notice something interesting. You're not alone in your squeaky wheel plight. It's like a silent camaraderie among shoppers - we've all been there. We all share this belief that we're stuck with the noisiest cart in the lot, drawing unwanted attention to ourselves as we maneuver through the store.

It's funny how we all think we're the only ones sputtering, stopping, and stuttering along like that cart. We imagine disapproving stares from other shoppers as if they've never had a squeaky wheel themselves. In our self-absorption, we fail to notice that others are grappling with their noisy carts, too.

Many of us harbor this idea that life shouldn't have squeaky wheels. We strive for everything to go according to plan. But reality has a way of throwing us off course. We slip up on our diets, miss a day of Bible reading, lose our temper –  and suddenly, there they are again, those squeaky wheels.

Perhaps the key to transformation lies in embracing the imperfections and messiness of life. What if we showed up, shaky and imperfect but determined to keep moving forward? Because here's the truth: people aren't seeking perfection from us; they're seeking grace. So, instead of striving for flawlessness, let's learn to extend grace to ourselves and others. Let's navigate the squeaky wheels of life with humility and resilience, knowing that it's not about having a perfectly smooth ride, but about showing up with a willingness to keep pushing forward, one squeaky wheel at a time.

Apply

Read 2 Corinthians 12:9. Ask God to help you navigate the challenges and imperfections of the day with his strength and wisdom. Find ways to show grace when you encounter the messiness of life in others and with yourself.

Pray

Lord, I acknowledge that I am an imperfect being, prone to stumbling and falling short of your glory. Yet, in your mercy, you extend your grace to me without measure. Teach me to lean on your strength to carry me through. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Share this post

sharethis-inline-share-buttons