Faith, Prayer, Relationships

For The Manly Men Who Drive Minivans (prayer6)

Dad driving minivan

Here’s to all the dads (the manly men) who drive minivans!  Trading in the “cool factor” FOR the sake of their family.

Thank you.

Winding through the lovely landscape of the Blue Ridge Mountains on Highway 64, I caught a glimpse yesterday of a beautiful exchange.  I looked to my left and saw my manly man driving our Honda Odyssey with his muscles, hairy arms, ball cap on, and burley face.

All-man behind the wheel of a not-so-manly vehicle.

As a family of proud mini-van drivers, there’s something to be said for those manly dads who get behind the wheel and roll down the highway. Those dads who are not too proud or embarrassed to say,

“Yes. You bet. I drive a minivan.”

For him, driving a minivan wasn’t a big deal or a hard pill to swallow. He loves the practicality andfunctionality of it. It just makes sense with a family of 3 boys. For him, a worthwhileexchange happened:

His “man card”

FOR

His family’s comfort, safety, and practicality.

It’s an exchange he is willing to make, happily.

Loss TO Gain.

In the same way, Paul speaks of a loss TO gain exchange in Philippians 3:7-9:

But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a lossbecause of the surpassing WORTH ofknowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gainChrist and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith.

Loss: EVERYTHING

To Gain: Christ

Woa. That’s massive.

It’s massive when you consider what everything is:

health,

family,

clothes,

reputation,

control,

possessions,

school,

schedule,

children’s successes,

future plans, dreams, and longings.

Everything is trash compared to knowing Jesus. Whew. What an exchange.

Evaluation:

Am I living each day with the goal, the esteem, the priority of KNOWING JESUS?

 Do I value other things as more valuable as KNOWING JESUS? What does my schedule, life, even thoughts tell me about my priorities and values?

In knowing Jesus, in Him being my pursuit, I can survive the summer.  Whatever I have to let go of, IN HIM there is everything to gain.

A beautiful exchange.

Prayer #6: Philippians 3:7-9

Father,

My brain is spinning the moment I wake up.

Things I need to deal with.

Lunches I have to prepare.

Concerns I must deal with in raising my children.

Tasks I must accomplish.

Phone calls that need to be made.

I often find myself valuing those things,my things, more than anything else. More valuable even than knowing You. My priorities can quickly get all wacky.

Give me eyes to see the temporariness of these things.

Give me a heart to discern the selfish and prideful perspective these things can esteem.

Help me to loosen my grip on those things that are so precious to me and to hand them over to Your loving, sustaining hands.

Knowing You is everything.

In You, I have everything.

As I interact and train my kids, as I handle the laundry, meeting, errands, and cooking, show me the eternal value of knowing You.

May I be found in You, thus finding everything I need.

Thank you. I love you.

Click here for a printable prayer card of Prayer #6: Philippians 3:7-9.

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10 thoughts on “For The Manly Men Who Drive Minivans (prayer6)

  1. Oh I love this Amy. It’s like when Jesus told Martha that Mary had chosen “the better part.” Too often I don’t, and need to pray like this.

    1. Oh yes, Emily. May we have eyes to see and a heart to discern the better part! Love your connection with Mary and Martha. Love God’s Word!!!

  2. I love this! You’re married to a great guy! And thanks for the reminder to count it ALL loss compared to knowing Jesus.

    I find that turning my thoughts to His return and my forever home with Him helps me to let go of the trivial things that threaten to occupy my mind. It’s a daily challenge though!

  3. Hi Amy…stopping over from Influence Net. Thanks for sharing this wonderful story! I love when Scripture passages come alive for us, even in simple moments when we weren’t even looking for them. And what a beautiful thing for your husband to make an exchange for your family and safety. Lately I have been examining my own motivation in what I do looking to see if it is about knowing Jesus, and if it is not then it is not worth it–even if forsaking something else is the harder thing. Thanks for sharing and for the encouragement!

    1. Kelly, I hear you. This loss-to-gain principle is challenging! Just when I think I’ve got it, another opportunity arises to cling to Jesus and His eternal focus! But as I keep my eyes set on Him, it all becomes clear.

    1. Thanks so much Jen! Only a few days of summer remain here in SC and boy am I clinging to the truth and lifting up those prayers : )

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