Here’s Your Sign

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take. ” Proverbs 3:5-6

We left the swimming pool layered with the smell of sweat and sunscreen. We were hot, tired, and hungry; adding to our misery was the afternoon traffic. But fortunately this queen of short cuts knew how to get home quickly.

Approaching the turning lane I noticed an orange road construction sign. The words ROAD CLOSED: NO THRU TRAFFIC shouted at me. After considering the warning I reasoned, “I can get through.” Can you guess what happened?

You are right. The road was closed and I did not get through. Frustrated, I turned around at the barricade. Through my huffing and puffing I heard the whisper, “Didn’t you sign the sign? The sign told you the road was closed.” This was not a good time for an I told you so from the Lord.

His point was not timely but well taken. He often gives me clear directions, an orange road sign so to speak, and I ignore them. My reasons vary and really aren’t important but the result is; disobedience puts distance between me and God.

God’s directions are not always clear. But there are times when He gives us clear instructions but we choose to follow our own understanding, like me and road closed sign.I knew what the sign said and I knew what the sign meant. However, my own understanding of the situation lied. My understanding said, “Sure you can make it through.”

Let’s close the gap of disobedience and lean on His understanding rather than our own.  God will show us which path to take. When the orange sign is displayed saying ROAD CLOSED let’s stay the course He has set before us.

Serving in Silence

“The greatest among you shall be your servant.”
Matthew 23:11(ESV)

Can I be honest with you? Signing up to be a servant to all is not at the top of list. The thought of serving can be exhausting and overwhelming. Maybe we have that in common.

What is, however, at the top of my list is pleasing Jesus. I bet we have this common too.

I don’t want to please Jesus to be the greatest, I want to please Jesus because I love Him. What do you do know? Another thing we have in common.

Unless we are plugged into our community or are a member of a local church, it isn’t always easy to see the needs of others. I found that once I became active in my church and got to know others, demonstrating the love of God by loving people wasn’t overwhelming. It wasn’t just another thing on my to-do list. My friend Chrystal Hurst puts it like this, “Showing love to others doesn’t need to be complex.

Here are some possible service opportunities, other than sharpening pew pencils.

An underprivileged child needs school supplies; you purchase a book bag and fill it with provisions needed for a successful school year.

A widow is unable to care for her lawn; you create and maintain a list of volunteers to take care of her yard needs.

A member of your church is unable to drive herself to church services; you leave home early each week to give her a ride.

A family in your neighborhood lost their home and all their belongings in a fire; you use your influence on social media outlets to generate assistance.

A shopping cart is left abandoned in the parking lot; you put it back in the return carousel.

What about you? Does the list of examples generate some service ideas for you? Don’t be overwhelmed, serving doesn’t have be complex. Find one act of service that works in your schedule, commit to do it, and keep the secret between you and Jesus.

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Awe Gripped

Luke 9:43 “Awe gripped the people as they saw this majestic display of God’s power.”  (Mark 9:14-29 Sometimes it’s difficult to approach God with our need. For the same reason as the father of the demon-possessed boy, I have been apprehensive to my need to God. Sometimes I don’t really believe He will respond. Day […]

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