Parable Of The New Car Owner

Posted: 10 March, 2010 in Light Musings
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There was a man who lived in a very remote part of the country.  Tired of being in poverty, sickness and oppression in his old town where he was brought up, this man called James, decided to venture out into the bright city that was on the hill. Wearily, James cycled on his worn bicycle into the city. The sights and sounds of the city were all very strange to James, who was trying to take everything in; while his was heart hanging in his throat.

While cycling past a banner outside a car dealer showroom, James was surprised by a salesperson jumping on him pointing to the banner which its reads: “Free Sports Car!” The salesperson sincerely assured James that it was no gimmick and that he really can drive away that brand new sports car in front of him, dumping his old bicycle away. Staring at the gleaming dream machine, all James needs to do was just to agree and sign on the form. Sceptical initally, James warmed to the idea, feeling lucky and good for the first time in his life, James agreed and signed on. The salesperson then quickly went through some of the highlights of the car; its power, its stability programs, the capabilities of the machine and how fast and far it can move. The salesperson then quickly narrated all the good things and how far James can go with the car. With that, the elated salesperson excitedly pass the car key and the manual to James, and then promptly went away into the office updating his “sales record”.

Parable Of The New Car Owner, the hotel and the car

Standing at the carpark, the inital excitement and joy finally mellowed in James. Looking at his sports car, which looked really fast and mighty, James suddenly felt helpless and small. All his life, James had never driven a car before and the closest he ever come to was a bullock-cart which he helped pushed back in the old village when he was a boy. Still, James believed he can go far with the car, a good start with his new life. And since he had come so far on a bicycle, he believed he can do it with such a beautiful and advance machine.

However, half way out the carpark, James was already swearing buckets, but he persevered in pushing and steering the car. “This is hard work”, James thought, “Before I won this car, I was cycling carefreely. But after winning the car, my life suddenly seems more burdensome.” James started having second thoughts about being “lucky” to win the car and thought of abandoning it on the road. This time, another salesperson, Joe, from the same dealership agency walked passed. Noticing the strange commotion, Joe approached James. Understanding the situation, Joe took the key from James and started the car. The car rumbled to life, giving James a fright. James had not seen such powerful machine; the noise and vibrations made him uncomfortable initally. But Joe patiently took time not only to teach James all about the car, he took him out for driving lessons.

What took hours for James to push down the street, took seconds for the sports car to zoom pass. James was not sweating behind the car pushing anymore but criusing comfortably in the car. People on the streets were admiring the lovely machine, which ironically he got it for free.

Now, what does the parable mean? Care to explore?

  1. King David says:

    Need a clue?

    “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” Matthew 11:28-30

  2. barnaleikir says:

    interesting but very great infos 15 thanks for share with us =)

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