Eight-year-old Driver

The employees at an Ohio McDonalds last week were positive they were the object of a prank. A vehicle pulled through the drive through and an eight-year-old boy was at the wheel, chauffeuring his younger sister. As they came to the window with their piggy bank, the employees peered in the back seat, sure that the parents must be up to something. The two kids, however, were all alone. When the police were called, the little boy realized he had done something wrong and admitted through tears that all he wanted was a cheeseburger. When asked how he had learned to drive, the boy said it was easy. He had just watched some YouTube videos on how to drive a car. Witnesses even claimed that he had obeyed all traffic laws like stopping at red lights, waiting for traffic to pass before making a left turn, and staying below speed limits. The children did get to eat at McDonalds while they waited for their grandparents to pick them up and no charges were filed.

Reading stories like this one always amazes me. It just seems to prove that anything is possible if a person puts their mind to it. Who would have thought that an eight-year-old boy could learn to drive a car from YouTube and that he would safely get himself and his sister to McDonalds? It also makes me wonder how many things we as adults - and especially children of God - can and should accomplish if we simply set our minds to it. Solomon once wrote, "Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest" (Ecclesiastes 9:10). It's easy to float through life, never really accomplishing anything spectacular, simply because we aren't willing to put everything into it. God longs for a people who are completely committed to Him. A people who will put every ounce of energy they possess into serving Him and sharing His love with the world around them. Will you be such a one?

Praying for that commitment,

Pastor Sutherland