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Feb 23rd, 2021
Muscle Car Theology: The Gas and Brakes
By: Will Briggs
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Jeremiah 6:16 This is what the Lord says: “Stop at the crossroads and look around. Ask for the old, godly way, and walk in it. Travel its path, and you will find rest for your souls.” (NLT)

If you’ve ever considered renting a supercar, you may want to think a little longer before you take the plunge. There are a few questions to answer if you hope to be responsible with your money, your physical well-being, and maybe even your life…

One important item to address is whether or not your insurance covers a car that expensive. If your credit card provides rental car collision coverage, double-check that it covers more than just the rental vehicle. There are usually limits on this kind of coverage—what are they? A second aspect to consider might hit close to home: Can you handle the temptation? Think about how you act in a “normal” rental car. Do you accelerate faster and brake harder than in your personally owned vehicle? If so, that exotic car you rent for a holiday, vacation trip, prom date, etc. will quickly become a rocket off the line if you suddenly feel the urge to be the first or fastest on your launch from the stoplight. Another often unforeseen problem with supercar rental is renting personally owned, stolen, or dealer-owned cars that the “business” renting the car doesn’t have permission to use in that way.

It’s complex, isn’t it? But all these pale in comparison to this final consideration: You may be aware that most accidents happen when driving new, borrowed, or rented cars. Whether it’s a Gallardo or a Camry, if you’re not accustomed to it, it can easily get away from you. I’m not saying you’re a bad driver. But there’s something called proprioception, which is basically a spatial awareness of the movement and position of your body. If you make an innocent mistake in this vein, you can end up with a foot on the gas pedal when you meant to hit the brakes… which can lead to a tiny hatchback becoming a bucking bronco, skipping over parking barriers and smashing into neighboring cars, people, buildings, garage doors. It happens… more often than you may think!

The gas and the brakes are both useful, at the right time. Spiritually, hit the brakes when things are unclear. And hit the gas when you get clarity or direction from the Lord. We don’t need some kind of supercar version of life. We need this life God has given uniquely to us. And we do it, one day at a time, with Him.

When we stop, slow down, spend time with God, and have an ongoing conversation of prayer with Him, we tend to walk in pathways that are marked with godliness, good, and soul-rest. Pursue that path today.