Monday, June 26, 2017

What's in Your Backseat? - Bonita Y. McCoy

As a mom, my backseat works as a multipurpose area. I have toted three bags of karate gear, backpacks, a change of clothes, and snacks just for one outing. On other days, it’s been filled with groceries, dry cleaning and walking shoes. Sometimes, it carries my newest discoveries in fashion, my dear husband’s items from his buy list, or the dogs.

Over the years, what can be found in my backseat has changed. There for a while you could find people in my backseat, weird.

However, no matter what I carried around with me, eventually the backseat got emptied.

As children of God, I think sometimes we need to stop and empty our backseats. We carry around a lot of extra baggage that works to weigh us down and distract us from God’s purpose for our lives.

Things we pick up along the way throughout our day or week can weave their way into our thinking and attitudes. Someone said something unkind, the car beside you cut you off, or the neighbor across the street took your paper.

When we keep negative thoughts and attitudes hanging around, they zap our energy and draw our attention away from God. We need to release these things into the Lord’s hands.

As we find in Philippians 4:8, “Finally brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.” (NIV).

Also consider Isaiah 55:9, “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (NIV).

Our backseats don’t have to be cluttered with negative, unlovely thoughts and attitudes. We don’t have to go through our days carrying this extra baggage. We can give it all to the One whose thoughts are higher than ours. The One who tells us we are wonderfully and fearfully made.

So, I challenge you, check your backseat. Give God any negative thoughts or attitudes. Let Him flood you with His peace and fill you with His grace.