Aim High Or Crash And Burn – Everything I know about life I learned from my Driver’s Ed. teacher.


driver's education

At sixteen, I was brilliant. Well, at least I was smarter than the forty and fifty year old relics who taught driver’s education.

Seriously, those old folks should have never been allowed to maneuver public roads in the first place. With the onset of

  • dementia,
  • bunions,
  • and bald spots

you’d think most old critters would have parked in front of the telly and rested their dentures for the afternoon.

Not a chance, at least where I was concerned.

My driving instructor had barely gotten over the discovery that

  • the world was round
  • and the Beatles were people, not bugs that could sing

when he began to instruct me in the fine art of vehicular control.  I was skeptical but had no choice but to listen.  He had the power to kick me out of the class. I was a student, after all. 

“Aim high,” he said to me as I clutched the steering wheel and barreled down an Oklahoma back road, “Look ahead and up. Otherwise, you’ll drive right into the object you are staring at.”

I laughed.

When we came to an over pass another student shouted from the back seat, “Aim high so we can fly.”

I laughed again.

It wasn’t so funny when I drove off the road. At a high rate of speed. And forgot which petal was the brake. 

I should have aimed high, focused on the road ahead and not stared at every single blade of grass I passed by.

Basically, I should have listened instead of being such a Smarty Pants. 

Same with life.

  • We need to aim high.
  • Look up and ahead.

Sure, there are objects we must be aware of, challenges we must face. But, if we fixate on them we will crash and burn.

Every time.

When the Apostle Paul wrote to the church in Philippi, he mentioned the fact that he wrote from prison. Paul also warned about false teaching.

But, in the end he sounded just like my driver’s Ed teacher.

“Finally brothers,” Paul wrote, “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.”

Keep your eyes on the road. Sure, there’s problems. There will always be problems. Dark times. Frustrating circumstances.

It’s not about denial. It’s about focus.

Aim high and look up. 

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