One day, I was driving my car and it started making strange rattling noises. I had never heard that noise before and my car seemed very good from the outside, so I didn’t think it was a big problem. So I left the problem unattended. The more I drove it, the worse the noise would get, but I continued to ignore the problem.
This wouldn’t have happened if I had serviced my car. Maybe I should have taken it to a mechanic.’ While these thoughts were roaming in my mind, I was stranded and my car didn’t work.
Finally, I took it to the mechanic and got it checked. To my surprise, the mechanic told me what was wrong. He said, “Your engine mount clips are broken, you need a new clutch, your brakes need to be replaced, two cylinders of your car are broken, and you need a new starter motor. It’s a big job, so you need to leave it to get it fixed and it will be very expensive.”
I realized it actually had a lot of problems; the air conditioner and heater were not working properly, my front lights needed replacing, and my tires needed to be examined. I realized I always analyzed my car only from its appearance. I only made an effort to keep it clean and tidy by covering the faults of the engine.
That time, I started to take a deeper look at myself spiritually.
I examined myself whether I was fully obeying the will of God:
Was my mind set correct? Was I truly putting Heavenly Mother’s teaching into practice?
Was I making every effort to change from my sinful ways?
Was I praying and communicating with God diligently?
Was I preaching fervently and bearing good fruits?
Was I truly sacrificing myself for the gospel and feeding my brothers and sisters with proper food at the proper time?
Was I reading Father’s books regularly? Was I being united with God and all the members of Zion?
Was I full of oil or still sleeping? Was I living a life of repentance?
Was I asking to Mother daily? Was I doing my mission as a watchman fervently?
Was I working aimlessly or setting goals and achieving them?
When I looked at myself in depth, I wasn’t doing all of them very well at all.
I needed to be fixed just like my car. My car warned me that it was not working well but I continually ignored it, thinking it will go away. But I must not let that happen to my spiritual condition. I wanted to quickly fix my spiritual condition so I can meet Father without any regrets.
I decided from now on I will make every effort to please Elohim God and be changed and work hard for the glory of Mother. I will no longer delay the analysis of my spiritual condition, but be more alert and analyze myself daily, making every effort to be reborn beautifully.
H. D. from Australia