Pace Yourself...

In the summer of 2018 I told the Lord that I wanted a new car before the end of the year.  I wanted an electric blue or a matrimony white, 2016 or better, IS 350 FSport with Calvary red guts (interior). There was no logical or wise financial way that I was going to be able to pull it off. It was a silent prayer in my heart. I’ve fixed my life to be completely dependent on the Lord – whichever answer He wants to give me; and quite frankly, I’ve gotten used to Him telling me “NO” a lot lately. So, I lifted my request to heaven and let it go. However, in faith I asked a trusted friend who works at a Lexus dealership to see what he could find. I figured, it couldn’t hurt to ask and see what happens. After about 3 months, one afternoon I received several pics of THE car. Matrimony white, Calvary red guts; 2016, IS 350 FSport. About 2 weeks later I showed up at his dealership and…Voilà! at the end of October 2018 I was blessed with a new car. It was perfect timing too, cuz I was a few months away from being upside down in the car that I had.

 This joint is SWEET! Crafted to the Extreme and listed on the Lexus High Performance line. This car is a super methodical approach to madness. It has a sport-tuned suspension, limited rear slip differentials, 311 Horses; it is an 8-Speed and goes from 0 to 60 in 6.9 seconds of ground hugging, head turning, brisk wind cutting speed at my command and turn of a special dial conveniently located at my hand on the end of my arm rest. WHEW! There’s nothing like a car that has the capability of doing exactly what you need it to do.

Driving this car is like playing a video game. I have to be careful because going 80 mph feels like I’m going 45- My God! I knew IMMEDIATELY that I needed to pace myself by only pushing her when I absolutely need to – which isn’t often I promise. (LOL) I was thinking about this in terms of riding on the Road to IRRESISTIBLE. 

 The Road to IRRESISTIBLE is not a sprint. It is an endeavor that must be approached with pace and patience. If pace were set at the depth of our desires, some of us would be dead. Because let’s face it, if you’re a creative like me, it can be a challenge to rein it in. Likewise, if pace were set at the stride of our capabilities, there would be many things that you would have accomplished by now. However, the bigger, more deeper question is would you have been able to keep what you got? Would your character have been able to sustain the acquisition of that dream if it would have been granted last year? If pace were set at the quality of your merit, the Lord would not get the credit AND you would have to take on the massive responsibility of maintaining it. If pace were set at the gait of what you deserve, you’d have NO hope at all because, in and of yourself, you deserve nothing but crucifixion.

 Pace, on the Road to IRRESISTIBLE, is set at the rate of the maturity of your disciplines. You can say “oh my,” or “amen.” I don’t care. The Lord’s dream for your life is so deep, so wide, so massive and so delicate that, at this point it can only be held within the confines your imagination. The only way to bring it into reality is to pace yourself on this golden straight and narrow. It may be difficult. But, it’s simple. You must allow your humanity to be crucified. You must be a daily living sacrifice, having murdered your flesh plus everything you’ve inherited from Adam and be adopted fully into the family of the second Adam – Jesus Christ. The only way to do so is to have a Blood transfusion so that you can rid yourself of the propensity of making wrong decisions, making choices hastily, taking bad turns and succumbing to evil tendencies(sin). Only then, will your destiny be unwilling, unable and incapable of resisting you…

 So pace yourself. Or like my Uncle Ricky says, “take it easy greasy, you’ve got a long way to slide…

 

I am Tifiny and iambutNaked…

 

Tifiny Johnson