Gearheads Love Cars! Every input to the steering, throttle or brakes sparks an emotional response and, hopefully, an ear-to-ear grin. Whether it is the singing tires announcing that your recent carb and ignition tuning are on the mark or a compliment from a fellow gearhead, we sense an emotional tie. There are also those heart stopping moments when the brake pedal goes nearly to the floor as you are entering a curve, or the car in front of you stops abruptly. Perhaps the more common experience of hearing only a dull tapping of the starter solenoid when you turn the key as you prepare to leave for a brisk fall drive along your favorite curvy country road.
Yes, we are emotionally connected to our cars. It goes far beyond that. There is also the intellectual tie. Our mind is always seeking ways to improve performance. No doubt your mind connected to each of the examples above, immediately evaluating the event, linking it to your experience.
Another characteristic of a true gear-head is the physical tie to the vehicle. It is not enough to admire pictures, read road tests and discuss engine modifications. Gearheads need to be “present” – physically involved. They long to drive, to tinker, to improve their treasure. A mere intellectual debate is inadequate to fulfill their inner desire.
Gear-heads have emotional, intellectual and physical ties to their vehicle, whether it be a car, motorcycle or boat.
Is there more? Is there a deeper, soulful longing in the heart of a gearhead? After the tach hits the red line, the perfect shift executed and the checkered flag won – is there still a lingering desire in the soul? Is there a sense that there is more to life?
We may not feel it in the heat of the race, when we spill oil on a hot exhaust manifold, or when we hear that dull tap of the starter solenoid broadcasting that the battery is, once again, failing to participate in your day’s plans. Yet there are other times, as you quietly motor along a tree lined river or gaze at your race car after the trophy was won, that you ask that deeper, spiritual question.
I have found that the answer is yes. There is more. Our heart, mind and body are fully engaged in our motor-head quest, but it’s only when our spirit connects as well that our soul is truly satisfied. All four aspects of our being are in our DNA.
This uniqueness is reflected in Christ’s “greatest command”.
And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and
with all your mind and with all your strength.’ Mark 12:30 – ESV
“Why”, you may ask, “are you bringing God into our passion for cars?”
The answer is simple. Our spirit, along with our body, intellect, and emotions define us. These four aspects define our very being, our uniqueness, our purpose, and value.
Consider, for a moment, what differentiates us from other mammals. While our intellect, emotion and bodies are more advanced than God’s other critters, we share those general traits. Your dog wags excitedly when you approach, he is eager to do tricks in response to your affection, especially if there is a treat involved. He is clever in finding an escape from your fenced yard and has amazing physical capability.
What is different? It is our desire to create, develop and improve those things around us. This is a key mantra of a gearhead. We are not satisfied with our car the way the manufacturer delivered it. We seek to make it better, to make it uniquely “mine”.
This is not surprising since we are the pinnacle creation of the Creator of all things. We were created in God’s image. One manifestation of that is that we, like God, seek to make things better. A second is that we have a spiritual hunger, a desire to find our unique purpose and look into eternity.
Yes, gearheads reflect their creator. They create and develop their cars as an extension of their God-given personality. As gear-heads, we should embrace this reality and look for the spiritual implications of our common passion.
Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.
Colossians 3:23-24 ESV