Dummy Tire!! God's Truth!!!


June 19, 2014

Dummy Tire!!!  Still Believing!!!  Still Going Forward!!!

Identity Protection Alert: In the following story, all names have been
changed (or not mentioned!!!) to protect the guilty. :)

I once had a youth in the youth group who always had car trouble. I mean
All. The. Time.  They would even get pulled over all the time. It was like
the car had a "pick on me" sign on it!!! One time they got pulled over
while following us, and the police officer said that their car was the
wrong color??!! They had owned this car for 4 years and had never painted
it. Weird.

Deer would jump out in front of this student's car. All. The. Time.
This car would break down or parts would just fall off of it. Too many
funny and bizarre stories with this student and their money-pit car.

Well, one time, this student's tire blew out on their car. We were not
surprised. :/ But, what this student did to get by,  was instead of
getting the tire fixed, plugged or replaced -- they continued to drive on
the "dummy tire". Ohhhh. Bad news. We would tell them over and over to get
the tire fixed and not drive on that "dummy tire". We even offered to give
them money or take them to get a new tire. We were concerned for their

A couple of weeks went by, and they still didn't fix that tire. I was
concerned!!! So, I told the student again that we would help fix the tire
because we were concerned for their safety. And then I said, "Listen, that
'dummy tire' is called that for a reason!!! It's not for long driving!!!"
To which the student said, "Ohhhh!!!" And went and got that tire fixed.

How many times do we try and get by on just a "dummy tire"??!! We get a
great Truth from God's Word and we expect to "drive" around on just that
for the whole week to "get by" with just enough. God doesn't want you to
get by with "just enough"!!! He has so much more for you in His Word that
He wants you to thrive on and shine in His Word -- each and every day!!!

"...There's nothing like the written Word of God for showing you the way
to salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. Every part of Scripture is
God-breathed and useful one way or another--showing us truth, exposing our
rebellion, correcting our mistakes, training us to live God's way. Through
the Word we are put together and shaped up for the tasks God has for
us!!!" (2 Timothy 3:15b-17 MSG)

"Through God's Word we are shaped and put together..." -- so we need God's
refreshing, living, alive and active Word EVERYDAY!!! Get into God's Word
and let His Word get into YOU!!! :) God doesn't want you just to survive
-- God wants you to thrive!!! Shout Now!!! :)

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