I have a passion for XY Falcons! Why XY’s? Mainly because my Mum & Dad owned one since I was 3½. They bought this Ultra white, Saddle brown interior, Bench seat Auto on the 4th of March 1973 with 25,000 Miles on the clock for $2,250. In this photo I am the one in the yellow shirt. This car holds many memories for me. Sleeping in the back on long trips, working on it with Dad and learning to drive to mention just a few.
I actually remember the first time I went in the car which is amazing considering I was only 3½. The reason I remember it is because it was also my Mum’s first drive. Mum was used to driving an EH Holden (I wish we still had it too) with 4 wheel drum brakes. The XY has power assisted disc brakes. We got to the first corner and Mum almost put us all through the windscreen. The first time I took my wife out on a date was also in the XY (I wanted to make a good impression).
Mum and Dad gave me the car in 2000 with 227,000 miles on the clock and in 2015 is now has 273,000 miles (434,000 Km’s) on it. As you can imagine, with that many miles on it, it has been given some attention since it rolled off the production line in November 1970 to keep it going strong. The Workshop Manual that came with the car recommends regular oil changes, transmission services, filter changes, etc in order to get the most out of the car and to make it last for many years. The Workshop Manual also shows me how to perform these tasks. God has given us something similar to a Workshop Manual for our lives, the Bible. The Bible tells us how to get the most out of this life God has given us. If I chose to ignore the XY Workshop Manual then I can expect the car to start to fail. The same can be said for the way I use the Bible.
If I read the Bible and allow God to guide my life through it, then I can expect to get the most out of this life and beyond, for the Bible says that there is life after death. And just like if I ignore the XY Workshop Manual, if I ignore the Bible I can expect disappointment and failure. I am a Fitter and Machinist by trade so I have a pretty good understanding of mechanical things. As a result, with the help of the Workshop Manual, I will have a go at most job’s that need to be done on the XY, however there are some jobs I will seek additional help with. I might use a mechanic, a gear box or diff specialist, a panel beater, or a mate to help and guide me. I have the Workshop Manual but there are some parts of it that I need help with in order to understand it. It is the same for me with the Bible and the things of God.
That is one reason why I go to Church. I don’t understand everything in the Bible, I need other people to help me understand it. And just like my mates sometimes help me with the XY, so my church friends help me with my life and how to best live it. My church is a bit like a car club, we share common interests, help each other with those interests and enjoy each other’s company.
I hope to enjoy the XY for as long as I can and I hope to pass it on to my kids one day, but I know that it only takes one serious accident and it’s all over. Similar to our lives really, one flash and your ash, here one minute and gone the next. This may sound depressing but it doesn’t have to be. The Bible makes it very clear that there is life after death and that death is not to be feared. Sure we may fear dying but we do not need to fear death. Unfortunately for the XY there is no life after death, but if we put our trust in Jesus, He promises life after death, eternal life with Him.