Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | October 27, 2022

What You See Is Not What You Get

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”  2 Corinthians 5:17   NIV

As I was driving down the road the other day, the car ahead of me caught my attention. It was what Dave Ramsey calls a “beater.” The plain old car was never glamorous, even off the assembly line. It was never sleek and racy. It had been built to appeal to cost-conscious buyers. Then, at some point over the years, it had suffered the indignity of having been in an accident and not repaired. There were creases around its boo-boo that were covered in rust.

There was one thing that stood out about that humble little car. Above the manufacturer’s emblem on the back was a second emblem – a shiny one that had been attached recently. It was from a Ford Mustang – that magnificent, silver racing horse. You know the one. I had a good chuckle; then I realized the life lesson.

My first thought was that it was parallel to the old adage about putting lipstick on a pig. But no, this was different. This was about a tired-looking little car with the heart of a racing machine. Kind of like me, and maybe you, too.

I could be compared to that little economy car. I grew up rather average with certain goals. I succeeded at some, failed at some, and got into some “accidents” of my own making along the way. I still carry the signs of dents and rust with me. But when I turned to God with my whole heart, He lifted me out of that life, dusted me off, and gave me the heart of a mustang. I can never praise Him enough for how He has transformed my life, restored my self-respect, and made me useful for His service.

How about you? If you are still in need of a transformation, my prayer is that you will stop right now and yield your heart and life to the One who can remake you.

“Father, we are so grateful that You can take us as we are, often tired and worn, and give us hearts that beat with passion and purpose. We pray that our lives will stand in witness to those who still need You.”


For His Glory


Cherie Harbridge Williams
TRBC Women’s Life



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