Like many kids, I had a road race set comprised of a figure eight plastic track and two little electric cars that were controlled with hand triggers.  In order to get the cars to move, you had to make sure that the plastic guide was positioned in the groove of the track.  There were wire brushes alongside the plastic guide.  When these contacted the metal strips, power could be transferred to the little car and cause it to race around the track.

There were a few kinks involved in road race sets that required your attention.

  1. The track had to be properly put together so that the car could complete its course.
  2. You had to make sure all electrical connections were properly made.
  3. You had to slow down on curves to prevent the car from becoming airborne and leaving the track.
  4. You had to service the wire brushes to ensure that they made good contact with the metal strip and could transfer power to the car’s motor.
  5. You could not step on the road race set or it would break.

The Christian life is compared to a race.  Just as racers need to prepare, so we need to work on details that ensure we complete the course we set out on.

That little electric car needs to have a guide in the groove or else it will leave the track almost immediately after the power is given to it.

I want to give you five maintenance questions that will ensure that you get in the groove with God and win the race.

Guide me in Your truth and teach me, for You are God my Saviour, and my hope is in You all day long (Psalm 25:5 NIV).