Recently I purchased a 2011 Chevrolet Silverado for our Fiat store in Pensacola from the auction in Ft. Lauderdale. After it had been on the lot several weeks I walked past it and noticed the tailgate missing, and I was sure it had one when I bought it. Turns out someone stole it from the auction before it was transported, in fact they had an epidemic of stolen tailgates happen.
We will get a new tailgate and the auction will pay for it, but it has made me think of something else this past week. Of course, a truck without a tailgate is a potential road hazard, and without it might as well be a car. Made me think how in my life for so long my tailgate (the piece that secured my cargo.......my soul) was missing and had led me on a path of being a road hazard to my fellow human beings.
Useless and now useful, that's about the best way to put it. Which made me think of so many others I know as well, who have been or are missing that critical piece that completes their life. We look in every place except the right place for so long before we find that piece that fits, that was intended to make us useful.
If it would not be considered heresy, we could change that scripture in Philippians 4:7 to read, "And, the PIECE (for peace) of God, which passes all understanding, will guard our hearts and our minds in Christ Jesus". He secures our cargo for sure, he secures our heart and soul, and he replaced our missing tailgate at His cost!
Don't let the devil steal yours, he wants you to remain useless. He'll never agree to replace the missing piece, he wants you to keep looking for it everywhere else and remain a road hazard while you do.
Glenn is an ex-Marine Viet Nam vet who is also a recovering alcoholic, clean and sober for 30 years. He has been involved in start up and ongoing recovery ministry at North Atlanta Church and Campus for the last two decades. He has a passion for outreach and to spread the message that the answer to lasting and fulfilling recovery from addiction is in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He and the ATB team are available to assist in your questions or needs on an individual basis and will do so maintaining complete confidentiality. You may e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.