|Alex Kendrick as Jay Austin, the unscrupulous used car|
Weary of the masks he wears and the lies he tells, an unscrupulous used car salesman resolves to win back his wife, become a better role model for his son, and stop ripping off his unsuspecting customers, in the inspirational feature directorial debut of "Facing the Giants" director Alex Kendrick.Jay Austin (Kendrick) is the kind of used car salesman that customers fears most - dishonest, manipulative, and constantly smiling as he sends another lemon driving off the lot. Eventually Austin's deceptive ways catch up with him, prompting him to take serious stock of his life from the ground up.
Now, as Austin begins working to get his classic convertible back on the road, the repairs he performs under the hood begin to reflect the personal transformation that he is going through at home and at work. Determined to turn his life around for good this time, Austin soon finds out just how good things can get when he begins applying the philosophy of Jesus Christ to everyday life.
Apparently, a FLYWHEEL is:
"a heavy disk or wheel rotating on a shaft so that its momentum gives almost uniform rotational speed to the shaft and to all connected machinery."
|Max Kendall, in the convertible with a|
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I still don't know what it is. Haha!!! It looks like a hubcap to me! :P But anyway, I believe it is a metaphor for God -- that much I "get". ;)
One needs to have Christ. Without Him, we are not going anywhere. But, we have to deny ourselves, in order to follow Him. (Anybody with a better explanation, I am all ears!!! :))
Pastor: "Listen, folks, listen. You're in the shape you're in today because of the choices you've made. Your marriage is in the shape it is in today because of the choices you've made. Your relationship with your wife and with your children is in the shape it's in because of the choices you've made.
You're in financial bondage today because of the choices you've made. God's Word would set you free if you would read it, but you're in bondage and you're trapped and you're under all the dirt and the stuff and you feel like you're a slave to your debt and to a relationship because you've not listened to the Word of God. And until you listen to the Word of God, you will make the wrong choices, go down the wrong road, lose your family, lose your home, lose your security, lose your investments, because God has a way to live life. And you and I cannot live life on our terms and ask God to bless that.
And the reason that many people that I'm talking to today are in bondage and in frustration and in defeat, is because you don't really want to know what God says. And you don't want to live it God's Way."
Mr. Austin: Lord, I thank You for my son Jay. And I thank You that he's turned his heart to you. Thank You for receiving him and cleansing him and directing his path. I praise You Lord for what You've done in him. Now Lord, in Your name, I bless him with courage, with faith, and with integrity. Lord, I call in a man of strength, love and grace. I ask, as his earthly father, that you would rain down favor on him, that he will know that he is loved and treasured, that You will bless whatever he touches. This is my son, Lord, and I give him back to you. Lord, I love him. Keep him and bless him. In Jesus' name. Amen.
What I also found very touching was how the Lord really worked in His children's lives. When one has truly offered one's life to God, He directs one's path, and filters events through His Able Hands. Nothing that happens then could be deemed as "bad" because even the supposedly "bad" events, He uses for a Greater Purpose. Every single occurrence, whether good or bad, is no coincidence. Everything is God's Incident.
One just has to trust that He knows what He is doing and He's got us covered... literally covered with His Son's Most Precious Blood!
Jesus is the "Flywheel" of our lives, the one that makes our lives move and have more meaning. Without It (or Him), we ain't goin' anywhere. (Just don't make me identify what a flywheel is exactly under the hood! I still won't be able to point it out! Haha.)
May we all be richly blessed! :)