Switching Gears


Welcome to Shell Eco Marathon Asia 2016, where 1,000 students from over 19 countries competed for the record breaking energy efficiency. I have no love for cars my whole life. I just started loving them the moment I had one. I really enjoyed coming to this event. It’s amazing how these students built proto type cars literally from scratch. Though I’m a million miles away from their knowledge on cars. I have definitely learned a thing or two about it which gave me an inspiration to write an article about change.


2 Corinthians 3:18 “And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.” 

Every time I check my newsfeeds on Facebook or browse through the net. It seems like the newest trend on both media is CHANGE! Taking Election in to consideration, most of the candidate’s platform is about change; “Daang matuwid” “Panahon na para magbago” etc. I guess when we talk about change, we can apply the saying “many have tried yet many have failed”. So how do we change?? How do we shift gears? Let me share a thing or two about something I learned when I had my own car as a bi product of my heart break. Click link for the full story.

Technically, a car has about 4 – 5 gears. The first gear (Primera) maximizes power in exchange of speed therefore, consuming more gasoline. As you move through the gears, you continue to go faster without using as much gas/power as the first. The 5th gear in which you’re at your fastest consumes lesser gasoline at top speed. The next thing you know you’re already cruising at 100 Km/hr.


So, how can we apply this in real life? let me ask you. What do you want to change? Do you want a break through? Do you want to take on a new path? New direction? Self development? Then you need to gather all your courage and shift to Primera! You need to put all your focus and energy in to that first initial gear. Like a car engine, yes it will require all your strength, effort and energy and yet it may seem like you’re moving too slow. Don’t be discouraged. The first step is always the hardest but is necessary for the change. That is the jump start you need. Once you start moving, you’ll be able to shift gears seamlessly and before you know it, you’re already a step away from the goal.

The first step will push you to your limits and will continuously tell you to just quit. The best thing about this is that you’re not alone. Don’t rely on your own strength. Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. So go ahead and put everything you’ve got into that first start. Just like driving, it will get easier. I know you’re afraid, pray for courage. With so much work to be done, lets not stay in neutral and start shifting those gears!

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One comment to Switching Gears

  • melanie bright  says:

    very creative

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