The Little Engine that Could

While watching the 1994 comedy, Major Payne, I was intrigued by Payne’s interpretation of the American fairy tale,The Little Engine That Could.  His story wasn’t quite what I recalled of the classic tale.  However, it prompted memories of hearing the story regarding the value of optimism and hard work. Today, I think we can relate more to a boxcar than that of an engine. A boxcar on a train has no power to move down the tracks on its own.  It isn’t going anywhere unless it’s hooked up.

In his devotional series, Your Purpose is in His Hands, Tony Evans said, “Our life as Christians is like a boxcar on a train. It should be hooked up to the engine of God’s purpose. If the boxcar of your life is not hooked up to the engine (the purpose for which God has you) how far can we go”? This devo reminded me of something Bishop Mueller said in a recent post, “Today may be good, bad, ugly or something in-between. But it’s your today. And it’s why you need to begin with the most important fact about this day and every other day – you belong to God”. I’m also reminded of Paul’s epistle to the Church at Corinth during their difficult experiences. The statement Paul concluded with in addressing the situation was, “you are Christ’s and Christ is God’s.” 1 Corinthians 3:23

Whatever your situation might be today, know that you are not alone. You are the beloved of Christ. Don’t push through on your own. Rather, hold fast to the engine of the Lord and “chugga chugga chugga CHOO CHOO”- keep going through the jungle.

Chase Burns

Youth Pastor