Dr. Clement Yeung

Recently, a gas station near my office underwent a major renovation and modernized their facilities. Just the other day, they had a new sign out asking, ”Checked your alignment lately?”

I still remember my last station wagon, which was a Dodge Aspen wagon. I had it for so long that I felt as if the four wheels were part of my extremities, subject to my total control. One summer, after a friend of mine had used it for moving, he gave me a surprising feedback.

“It is a very useful station wagon but the alignment is very poor.”

“But…I’ve never noticed it,” I retorted.

“That’s because you are used to the malalignment.” He tried to explain the situation to me gently. I soon realized that he was right. The problem was confirmed when I took the car in for an alignment check. The mechanic demonstrated to me that my car would go towards the right if allowed free to go. That was my first experience with malalignment.

When my daughter saw the new sign, before I had a chance to explain to her what “alignment” meant, she gave me a smile and told me that she knew the word.

“Where did you learn the word ‘alignment’?” I asked curiously.

“In school, during our computer class.” She replied with some pride.

“Computer class?” My curiosity doubled.

“The alignment bar is the square box on the screen that keeps your prints straight.”

That sounded like a very useful definition of alignment : to keep us going straight.

The same principle may be applied to real life. It is very easy for us to deviate from the straight path. Indeed, once we are accustomed to the deviated form, we may not even notice it.

The hymn writer, Robert Robinson, probably from his own experience, wrote, “Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it, prone to leave the God I love.”

The hymn reflects upon the inward drift that must be regularly checked by measuring our thoughts and values against the eternal truths that have been revealed through the Scriptures and the mighty acts of God.

When the psalmist was pondering about the path of his life, he recognized what was needed to keep him straight. “Your word is a lamp to my feet, and a light for my path.” (Ps. 119:105)

We are daily the objects of bombardment of messages competing for our loyalties and labors. We are being pushed and pulled in a thousand different directions to invest our resources and our time. The only way to keep straight is to follow the divine alignment bar which is the Word of God.

Have you checked the alignment of your life lately?



最近,我办公室附近的一个加油站进行了大修,并对其设施进行了现代化改造。 就在前几天,他们有一个新的广告,问:“您最近检查过车轮定位了吗?”

我记得那时用的是我的最后一辆旅行车,那是一辆道奇·阿斯彭旅行车。 我已经开它很长时间,以至于我感觉那四个轮子己经成了我肢体的一部份,受我的完全控制。 有个夏天,当我的一个朋友用它搬家后,他给了我一个令人惊讶的反馈。











赞美诗作者罗伯特·罗宾逊(Robert Robinson),也许是根据他的亲身经历,写道:“我深知道我心易变,常离主爱行己路。”(万福恩源)


当诗人在思考自己的生活之路时,他意识到怎样才能保守他行在正路上。 “祢的话是我脚前的灯,是我道路上的灯。”(诗119:105)