When Was Your Last Alignment?

By Blesson Mathew, Partnership Coordinator

a·lign·ment // “arrangement in a straight line, or in correct or appropriate relative positions”

When was the last time you took your car for an alignment?

Especially during the winter here in Long Island, drivers typically end up losing the proper wheel alignment of their car. This can happen from hitting a curb or simply driving over a pothole. The misalignment of a car can cause many problems for a driver and the vehicle they drive, particularly difficulty in handling and steering the vehicle itself. I think we can all agree this isn’t the safest option. It leaves us driving a car that’s meant to go straight, but instead shakes or naturally veers a certain direction. Beyond safety, it can cause your tires to wear out prematurely and unevenly, which can cause a whole set of new and expensive problems. Alignments in and of themselves are expensive, and when you have to keep getting your car realigned, it can become a pain.

In my last blog I touched on how we should align our priorities with God (His will), which will give us the assurance we are on the right path and in tune with Him. When a car is aligned, it is given back its ability to drive straight. Similarly, when we are aligned, we have an increased effectiveness to go straight within the direction we are heading. Through spending time in God’s will and aligning ourselves with Him, God equips us to drive straight, putting us back in our proper position (equipping; greek word “katartizo”).

My simple challenge is to check and see if we are currently aligned with God. Revisit your priorities and what you are doing with your time on this earth. It can be easy to lose our “alignment” with God. That said, God absolutely provides a way to stay in alignment with Him. Alignment has nothing to do with perfect behavior, but is about our soul’s attitude towards God. In the most simple term, it’s about making sure we are current with God and allow Him access to all aspects and areas of our lives. The best part is that it doesn’t cost us anything. Jesus has paid the price for us. So if we realize our lives are ‘misaligned’, we can simply step in faith and obedience and draw near to Christ for a realignment.