Enough Auto-Pilot

After driving home from work, I was greeted with the sight of chimichangas in process last night. I wasn’t feeling great, so my reaction was a little more subdued than it would normally be, but I was still more than happy to go back out the door for a quick drive to the store for 1 missing ingredient. I wasn’t terribly hungry, but they’re worth it!

So I drove to the store.

Well… I meant to drive to the store. But after a couple minutes daydreaming at a red light, I went straight when I should have turned right. The worst part of it was that I didn’t notice until 5 blocks later when I pulled into the church parking lot… which I had just left 5 minutes ago to go home!

Immediately, two thoughts flashed through my mind:

  • What the heck am I doing here?
  • Get yourself out of auto-pilot, Mike!

Somehow, I’d managed to drive 5 blocks completely out of my way, just because that’s the path I drive so often. Usually, that’s not a big deal. Every day, I drive that path. Every day, it gets me where I need to be. But last night, I didn’t need to go to my office, I needed to go get some green chile enchilada sauce! The well worn path that can be easily navigated on auto-pilot had become the wrong path.

I don’t want to push the metaphor too far, but I have a confession to make: I have lived on auto-pilot too often! My guess is, you have, too. But I’ve had enough auto-pilot. It’s boring – and it doesn’t always get you where you need to go. So let’s stop. Let’s shake off the rust of mindlessly going through the motions of the lives we’re in, so that we can thoughtfully and thoroughly pursue the lives He’s dreaming we’ll live.

And don’t forget the enchilada sauce!

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