What’s Up With All These New Toll Roads?

What’s Up With All These New Toll Roads?


A while back I was driving in a part of Austin I’m not familiar with, so I whipped out my trusty GPS to help me. I entered the address and started following the turn-by-turn instructions.

I started to zone out because the GPS was telling me where to go, but up ahead I saw something strange. It looked like a tollbooth. How odd. I pulled up to the booth completely confused. According to my GPS I was on a state highway.

“Two dollars.” The attendant grunted.

“Uhm. I didn’t know this was a toll road. My GPS brought me this way.”

He offered an unsympathetic blank stare, then shrugged. “Bummer.”

“No. Really. Look at my GPS.” I protested.

He ignored my offer, looking instead at the line of cars behind me. “Sir. You need to pay the toll.”

I continued. “But my GPS says this isn’t a toll road.”

“Well sir, it is. And it has been for quite some time. There are signs everywhere. And you just drove on that road. Now you have to pay.” I surrendered, scrounged through the coins in my console and paid. I drove off totally annoyed.

Then, to add insult to injury, I had to pay another toll to get off that stupid road.

I was mad. But as I thought about it, I was mostly mad at myself. You see, for nine years my GPS has been warning me that my maps haven’t been updated. I looked at updating them a while back but it was gonna cost me $45. So I decided I didn’t need it.

Enter life lesson.

The world is changing. Fast. I think we are all feeling the discomfort. I liked things the way they were. I liked everyone being cool with Christians and Jesus and stuff. I liked everyone basically being on the same page with me about social issues. I liked my old GPS. But that has all changed.

And the more determined I am to hold onto my outdated maps, the more it’s going to cost me.

We can’t afford to spend all of our energy lamenting and fighting for what used to be. We need that energy for courage to face this new world. We have to pay the price and get some new maps. We’ve got to get over what we like and focus on what people need. The destination hasn’t changed, but we need to learn how to take timeless truth we know still work, and share them in a way that rings true in the ears of our modern world.

Yes, this takes work and it’s costly. But, there’s too much at stake to cling to our old maps. We’ve got to adapt.

I’m pretty sure that’s what Jesus was talking about when he said, And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins. Mark 2:22

We need to use all our passion to be courageous and figure out how we can serve the world. The world is drowning and we have hope. But we can’t reach them using the maps that worked before.

Be courageous. Be flexible. Be open. God still has a plan – and you are that plan. Get out there and learn some new routes.

See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. Is. 43:19