“Mustang Sally” and Knowing When to Change Your Lane

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My message today is about knowing when to “Change Your Lane!” Every time a person gets behind the wheel of a car, one of the first decisions they must make is what lane will I choose to be in? If you are on a two-lane road, the choice is made for you, and you stay in your lane. However, if you are on a multi-lane road, the choices expand. The right lane is usually reserved for slower traffic. The farther left, the faster the lanes. In some communities, the far-left lane is for “High Occupancy Vehicles” with two or more persons. Depending on the traffic, the driver often might feel compelled to switch lanes, faster or slower.

The analogy of switching lanes is good for more than driving a car on city streets. When we switch careers, we “Change our lane.” When love becomes, dull and dissatisfying we sometimes what to “Switch lanes” and meet someone new. Divorce is the ultimate choice when love is not working and both persons choose to “Change their lanes.” In the 1960’s, Wilson Pickett had a major hit entitled, “Mustang Sally.” Mustang Sally is about a woman whose man bought her a new Ford Mustang. The man is upset because she is driving that new Mustang all over town and has left him behind. The man threatens that if she does not slow down he is going to put her flat feet down on the ground. Check out the words to “Mustang Sally”:

Mustang Sally, think you better slow your mustang down Mustang Sally, think you better slow your mustang down You been running all over the town now Oh! I guess I’ll have to put your flat feet on the ground

All you want to do is ride around Sally, ride, Sally, ride All you want to do is ride around Sally, ride, Sally, ride All you want to do is ride around Sally, ride, Sally, ride

One of these early mornings, oh, you gonna be wiping your weeping eyes I bought you a brand new mustang ’bout nineteen sixty five Now you come around signifying a woman, you don’t want to let me ride Mustang Sally, think you better slow your mustang down You been running all over the town now Oh! I guess I’ll have to put your flat feet on the ground

All you want to do is ride around Sally, ride, Sally, ride All you want to do is ride around Sally, ride, Sally, ride All you want to do is ride around Sally, ride, Sally, ride1

Songwriter BONNY RICE

The Christian faith is about personal transformation that comes over a life when we give ourselves to Jesus Christ. Our faith is about “Changing lanes” to a more worthwhile and purpose filled and driven life through Jesus Christ. The wisdom writer talks about change as part of life, but what Jesus Christ provides us is “Newness of life.”

Ecclesiastes 3 For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:

2    a time to be born, and a time to die;

a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;

3    a time to kill, and a time to heal;

a time to break down, and a time to build up;

4    a time to weep, and a time to laugh;

a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

5    a time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together;

a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

6    a time to seek, and a time to lose;

a time to keep, and a time to throw away;

7    a time to tear, and a time to sew;

a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

8    a time to love, and a time to hate;

a time for war, and a time for peace. [1]

 

The Apostle Paul takes the concept of change to another level. Rather than simply experiencing change for the sake of change, Paul preached that the change that comes once a person has accepted Jesus Christ causes the believer to become a “New Person.” The body may look the same, but because there is a “Soul change,” the person is brand new – the alcoholic no longer wants to drink, the reprobate is now chaste, the liar seeks to tell the truth, the warrior seeks peace, the thief keep her hands to herself, the spend-thrift now is consumed with saving, the mean person is now kind and pleasant.

 

2 Corinthians 5: 17 So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation;[2]

Questions for Reflection:

  1. What does it take to “Change lanes,” and do something different in life?
  2. What is it about Jesus Christ that can make a difference in a person’s life?
  3. How does a person become “New” in Jesus Christ?

 

Prayer: Lord, grant me the insight to know when to stay put and when to be ready to try something new. Help me to be fearless in faith, helpful in hope and large in love. Through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior I pray. Amen.

 

Written by Rev. Dr. Nicholas Hood III

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[1] The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version. (1989). (Ec 3:1–8). Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[2] The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version. (1989). (2 Co 5:17–18). Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.