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Philippians 4:11: “Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content:”

“A restrictor plate or air restrictor is a device installed at the intake of an engine to limit its power. This kind of system is occasionally used in road vehicles (e.g., motorcycles) for insurance purposes, but mainly in automobile racing, to limit top speed and thus increase safety, to provide equal level of competition, and to lower costs; insurance purposes have also factored in for motorsports.”– http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Restrictor_plate . This type of engine governor is used in NASCAR to level the playing field by limiting how much a race car team could “soup up” an engine, and thus drive the ability to win (pardon the pun) to be in a driver’s skill in handling the machine, not just the machine itself.

The devil likes to use worry as a “governor” to limit us Christians; unlike NASCAR, who mandates restrictor plates, some of us (me included) allow the devil to use that tool. Worry is probably one of the worst sins I have to fight; it takes energy from us and wastes it, when we could use that same energy for God’s purposes. Paul wrote here in the Philippians letter that he learned to be content, no matter what the circumstances; that contentment comes from God, not the world. This is something I’ve tried to add to my daily quiet time: the prayer that no matter how the day goes (good/bad/somewhere in between), that I thank God at the end of the day for the day…it’s one more day of life that I didn’t have to begin with, and that that day came from Him…and to thank Him for it.

So, for your information, don’t let worry be a restrictor plate on your Christian engine; rev it up and live for Jesus every day. The race is still on.

Something to think about.

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