The Brake Is On

Bill Brinkworth

 “Yippee” was the feeling of glee the young driver felt. It was the first time for her to drive after she got her license. All those school classes on driver safety, reading and reciting that boring driver’s manual were over; and now the moment of freedom was not far away. She could go anywhere daddy’s car would take her.

“Well, what’s the first thing I should do? Oh yeah, check the mirror. Okay. Check the driver’s mirror. Check. Check the rear-view mirror. Oops, my lipstick needs a little more on the top lip. Double-check. Adjust seat. Put on the seat belt. Check. Put the key in, and turn it on.” A little burst of excitement made her smile as she was seconds from a world she had wanted to enter for way too long. “Put it in drive, and away we go,” she giggled. This was it. “A little bit on the accelerator, and?”

The car would not move. “Maybe a little more gas?” The car inched forward, lurching and jerking. It did not want to cooperate. “Hmm. What didn’t I do?” The novice driver double-checked everything she had done so many times before.

More gas, and, still a lurching forward. “Something is wrong here,” she concluded. “I had better check with Dad.” As she put the car in park, turned off the ignition and prepared to leave the vehicle, something caught her eye. Someone had left the emergency brake on. Again she restarted the car, removed the emergency brake, put it in gear, applied the gas; and she was off. The brake made it almost impossible for her to get anywhere!

In church, there also may be securely applied brakes that keep many from going forward for God. The appliers of the brake often mean well, but sometimes they unintentionally restrict others from moving smoothly forward in Christian service.

These “brakes” are often:


There are already enough obstacles in serving the Lord without our discouraging others, intentionally or unintentionally. The work is great and so is the battle (Ephesians 6:12). There is more said in the Bible about encouraging others and ourselves than there is in our being volunteer “holy spirits”, and our telling others how to serve God. The real Holy Spirit can certainly do a better job in speaking to hearts and guiding one in the way He would like it done. We need to be more like accelerators, and less often like “brakes”!

“If you are busy rowing the boat, you won’t have time to rock it!

 This article was featured in The Bible View #250.

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