Automatic Pilate


There are some days when I enjoy I long relaxing shower.

But other days, like this morning, I just want to be dressed and on my way to work.  This shaving and showering and shoe-tying seems like such a waste of my higher brain functions.


There are some days when I enjoy driving on the open road, listening to audio books.

But other days, like tomorrow, I’ll be driving 3 hours for a 3 hour meeting, and I really want that time back.  It’s dead-time.  Pointless time.

There’s got to be a better way!

Maybe I could invent a device, a sort of an automatic pilot, that would kind of kick in when I’d rather not be present in the moment.  Yes!  When life gets annoying I could engage my automatic pilot and I’d “wake up” a couple hours later refreshed and free from tedium.

Time to scoop the poop in the back yard?  Automatic pilot.

Time to argue about finances?  Automatic pilot.

Time to to make a dozen decisions I don’t really know the answers to?   You guessed it.

“Automatic Pilot (patent pending):  You really can care less!”

I wonder.  How many hours would you zap out of your day with a device like that?

An hour?  Three hours?

I suppose the question is what in your life is tedious enough to make you want to let it pass you by.

Not just tedious moments.  How often would you use your Automatic Pilot to avoid uncomfortable situations?

Remember Pontius Pilate?  When he washed his hands of Jesus’ fate, wasn’t he using that water like a primitive automatic pilot?

“This moment is more than I can bear.  I wash my hands of it.”

To be honest, I think that would be the biggest design flaw in my Automatic Pilate.  Er, pilot. You and I might not be good at discerning the moments to skip, and the moments to put up with.

Want to hear something funny?

I came up with the idea for this devotion in the shower.   The shower I didn’t want to take because I was in a hurry and wished I could skip it.

If I’d had an automatic pilot getting me ready today, I might still be trying to figure out what to write about.

It just goes to show, living on automatic pilot may not be all its cracked up to be.   We’re better off not washing our hands of the tedious or troublesome moments in our lives.

(Even the ones when we’re actually washing our hands).

Instead, we are called to ask God to guide our every steps,

which automatically makes

every moment count.

Have a great week,




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