The Hub of the Wheel

           I’d like to share with you a quote from one of my students. His name is David Jung. In thinking about Dallas Willard’s comments on spiritual reality, from his book The Spirit of the Disciplines, David gave an analogy that I think is helpful. It’s an analogy about the hub of wheel.
          Perhaps I find the analogy helpful because I once was an avid cyclist. I spent hours and hours each week on a bike. When you are riding a bike, you want the wheels to work properly. If a brake is dragging on the wheel, then it slows down your ride. Even the air pressure of the tires make a huge difference in the enjoyment of the ride. Now to the analogy.
          David writes:
          “Willard writes, ‘Spirituality is a matter of another reality. It is absolutely indispensible to keep before us the fact that it is not a “commitment” and it is not a “life-style,” even though a commitment and a life-style will come from it.’ (Willard’s Spirit of the Disciplines) To illustrate this using a bicycle wheel, the common view of spirituality is that my life is the hub and all the things of my life are spokes connected to the hub including spirituality. ‘Another reality’ implies that my spirituality (defined correctly where God is first above all) becomes the hub that everything else revolves around, including my life. God calls us through the writings of Paul the Apostle to think differently in 2 Corinthians 5:16-17 (NIV) ‘So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!'”
          I appreciate David’s analogy of God as the hub of the wheel. Everything in life, including life itself, flows from God. Too often I put my own desire, my own will, my own self as the hub of the wheel. When that happens, the wheel doesn’t function properly.
          However, when I place God at the center of the wheel, the hub from which all the spokes ascend and descend, then the wheel functions beautifully and the ride is a smoother ride.
          Spiritually speaking–Who/What is the hub of your wheel?
          Have a great Thursday,
          Dr. Kinnard