Changing Gears


God’s got a clutch to smoothly move you through the chapters of your life

Using a manual transmission is a skill that many new drivers have never had to learn. But those who have mastered it can almost duplicate what an automatic transmission does.

The term ‘clutch’ not only involves moving vehicles, but also the times in our lives when a change in our trajectory is called for. And it’s not only a movement in terms of speed, but a change in location or an abrupt change in our finances or health.

It good to watch someone who has learned to use his or her ‘clutch’ in times like that. Their life isn’t shuddering or careening. They give little evidence of any underlying uncertainty or fear. Their confidence remains high and their eyes never seem to lose sight of where they are going.

They are people who are good in the ‘clutch.’ The tools they need for almost anything they face are already in their bag… and it’s packed and ready to go. I’ve always been fascinated by how they live their lives.

They possess unbounded faith in God’s promise that “All things work together for good to those who love the Lord.” Romans 8:28. That confidence puts them far beyond those who want answers to every available possibility before they leave their driveways.

Those without this faith tend to see every slippery surface, every potential issue no matter how farfetched, every pinprick of concern as reasons not to move ahead.

Another key component of their ‘operating system’ is that they don’t feel responsible for all their successes. They firmly believe Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” KJV They realize that the most important tool in their toolbag is the one God uses when nothing in your bag will work!

And lastly, people who know how to ‘clutch’ smoothly and successfully are people who place confidence in this verse: “Take delight in the Lord and He will give you your heart’s desires.” Psalm 37:4 NLT  These are joyful people who are excitedly chasing the dreams and plans that God had placed in their lives.

Those who can’t clutch effectively leave behind them the smell of burnt rubber. They’ve been snookered by the enemy who came to steal from them their legacy as believers. This week, ask God to fix your clutch and tune up your life to fit in with His exciting plans He has for you.


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