by Kerry Shook

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Getting on Track (1 of 4)
Series: Life on Track: The Power of Living from Your Priorities
Pastor Kerry Shook

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• Romans 12:1, 2 (NIV)

Real and Lasting Change Requires…


• Romans 12:1 (NLT)

• Commit My Body to God

• Romans 12:1 (MSG)

• 1 Corinthians 6:19, 20 (NIV)


Wow, it's a good thing I don't have any hair or it would have been windblown out here.

Hey one of my favorite stories is the one about a young accountant. He was a first-year accountant, and he had a terrible boss that was so arrogant, he couldn't stand him; but they got sent on a business trip together. They boarded a commuter train to get to the airport, and when they got on board the train, they realized all the seats were taken except for a couple of seats directly across from a beautiful young lady and her grandmother. And so they sat down, and it didn't take long before everyone kind of noticed that this young accountant and the pretty girl were exchanging glances and were definitely attracted to each other; and soon the train went into a tunnel, and it was pitch black. And there in the darkness came the sound of a kiss followed by the sound of a slap; and when they came out of the tunnel, the four just sat there not saying a word and the grandmother thought: I can't believe that young man was so brash that he kissed my granddaughter, but I'm so proud of her that she slapped him. And then the manager, he just thought: I can't believe that my young first-year accountant had the guts to kiss that pretty girl, but I really wished she hadn't slapped me by mistake. And the pretty girl was thinking: I'm kind of glad that guy kissed me, but I'm really embarrassed that my grandmother slapped him. There was only one person who really knew what happened in the darkness … that young accountant; and he sat there thinking to himself: Life is good. How many times do you get a chance to kiss a pretty girl and slap your boss at the same time? That's what I call seizing the moment, taking advantage of an opportunity, not letting it slide; and that's what New Year's is all about. It's all about seizing the moment. It's a chance for a fresh start, to go on a new track in life. It's a chance for change.

I talk to people every day who say: I don't know how my life ended up at this point. I guess somewhere along the way I got off track. It's just so easy to get off track in life. It's just too easy to go with the flow, to live by your pressures rather than your priorities.

I read about a railroad switchyard in St. Louis where there's one particular switch that has this thin piece of steel to direct a train from one track onto another, and if you follow the two tracks, one ends in San Francisco, the other in New York, and that's the way life is.
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