“Wake up Leroy!”
Joe was a long-time, long-haul trucker. With several million miles in his log, he found himself having to apply for a new job with a new freight line. On the oral exam, the interviewer lays out a scenario:
“You crest a mountain in your rig and begin easing down a long, steep grade. As you try to shift to a lower gear, for whatever reason, it won’t engage, so you begin picking up speed. After a minute or two, your brakes begin to fail. To your right is a guardrail, then a 400-foot drop. Ahead, you see two 18-wheelers coming toward you—one in your lane trying to pass the other. To their right is a sheer granite mountainside. What would you do?”
After a moment, Joe leans forward and responds, “Why, I think I’d wake up Leroy.”
The interviewer asks, “Leroy? Who’s Leroy?”
Joe explains, “Why, Leroy’s my driving partner. And you see, if I’m driving, Leroy’s probably back in the sleeper catching a few winks.”
“I don’t understand,” said the interviewer. “Why, wake him up?”
“Well, you see, Leroy is a young fella—just 20 or so. And he comes from a really small town, and I guarantee you, Leroy ain’t NEVER seen a wreck like the one that’s about to happen!”
“Wake up Leroy!” It might make for a pretty great battle cry…
…for those who’ve been waiting on life to come to them.
…for those who’ve “let themselves go,” physically, morally, spiritually
…for those who’ve been shaming and blaming everyone else for their problems
…for those who have been in a self-imposed exile due to past failures
…for those who are waiting for all of the lights to turn green before they start whatever.
“Wake up Leroy!”…not to watch a big wreck, but to avoid it! Joe might have been in an impossible situation, but you’re not—and I’m not.
The Apostle Paul wrote, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” *
…and I can too,… if I will. And you can too,… if you will.
Otherwise, you “ain’t never seen an accident like the one that’s about to happen.”
* Philippians 4:13