Getting Ahead: Front and Back


I have always appreciated nice cars. I think most Americans my age have that same appreciation. It might have been developed in our childhood as we played with toy cars and trucks. I could not wait until I was old enough to have my own car. That first automobile was one of the highlights of my life.

I have found that there are many automobile designs that look good from the front but not from the back. Some cars look good from the back but not from the front. There have been times when I have come up behind a car and it looked good. Then as I passed it and looked at it in my rear view mirror, it did not look good at all.

Through the years there have been a few classic car designs that are now being used again. Their timeless designs look good from every angle. Their designs look good because they are good.

I can relate life to an automobile. Like a car, there are issues in life that look good from one point of view, but not from another. On the road of life we can come upon an issue that looks good as we approach it. We get all excited based on what we are seeing and jump head first into that particular situation.

Later, as we look at it in our rear view mirror, we realize that it was really a bad thing for us to get involved in. I would never think of buying an automobile if I had only looked at it from one side. When I buy a car, I have looked at it from every angle. I even take a notice of that particular make and model as I drive the interstates.

Once I have made up my mind that it looks good; I drive it. If I like the way it performs, I look into the maintenance history for that make and model. If everything about the car is what I am looking for, I still have other issues to deal with; how much does it cost, can I afford it, and is it wise to buy it?

Why do we take more time to look at the whole picture in buying a car than dealing with the issues that affect us for our entire life? Are there circumstances and situations in our life that are like a classic design of our individual lives?

These and other life questions will be addressed Sunday morning as “The Gathering Place Family” meets in the Washington High School Gymnasium at 10 a.m. for our Pre-Service Connection where we enjoy coffee, juice and donuts. Our Worship Service and Children’s Church then begins at 10:30.

Come at 7 p.m. and be part of our Wednesday night Bible Study and Children’s Ministry on the third floor above Trends at 120 West Court St. in Washington C.H.

By John G. Pfeifer

Religion Columnist

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