Remain Open During Construction
Whatever you do, you can’t allow the signals of others whether intentional or unintentional to distract you and get you off course.
While driving home, I noticed that there was a lot of construction on this route. As I navigated my way through, I began to think about how our lives are a lot like construction sites. Truth be told, there’s always a project, an area that needs work that we should be giving more attention to.
Polished Power Thought
I’ve learned that it’s harder to do or get things right by yourself.
However, when these areas are “under construction”, some may think that they’re no longer open for business. They walk around with a “Closed” sign shutting the majority out and may open their hearts to a select few. I think about how some have told me that they don’t feel that they can have a relationship with Jesus until they get a certain area of their lives straight to not feel like a hypocrite. I’ve learned that it’s harder to do or get things right by yourself. The truth is that Jesus loves you just the way you are and if you accept His love and help, you won’t remain the way you are.
A Greater Level of Concentration
As I continued driving through the work zone, I noticed that the speed at which I was driving was greatly reduced. I had also placed both hands on the wheel as the zone that I was within required a greater level of concentration as my speed changed. When I think about navigating through the work zones of our lives spiritually, in order to overcome, it will require you to hone in your focus and slow down a bit to give proper attention to those specific areas. The biggest aha that came to mind was that although my pace had changed, I was STILL MOVING. Many times, we camp out at the onset of construction (problem) without understanding that we can remain open during the process. The enemy would like to isolate you and make you think that there’s no outlet. However, you must seek out the truth of God’s word which will open your eyes to see your situation differently and give you the confidence to know that He’s got you!
Polished Power Thought
As you make progress spiritually, you need to discern where you are along your journey and pay attention to the warning signs.
Another key that I was reminded of while driving was that I had to pay attention to the signs as well as the other drivers around me. There were flashing lights continually letting me know that “work” was still underway. As you make progress spiritually, you need to discern where you are along your journey and pay attention to the warning signs. Is it time for you to pick up other passengers? Do you need to stop and heal and if so, at which rest station?
In addition, you must be aware of the signals that the other drivers show. Just like in the natural, just because someone has their right turn signal on doesn’t necessarily mean that they want to make a right turn. Whatever you do, you can’t allow the signals of others whether intentional or unintentional to distract you and get you off course.
What To Do When You Experience Challenges
Jesus told the disciples that in the world they would experience #challenges, but to keep a #goodattitude because He had already overcome every obstacle that they would be presented with. We must keep His word in our hearts and remain open to share how we’re working out our salvation while staying the course. David said, “though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil” because The Shepherd was with him (Psalm 23:4). Therefore, no matter the speed in which you’re passing through, you must stay the course! According to Jeremiah 29:11, He already knows the routes that you will take and can even cause the detours of life to work in your favor.
As His workmen, we were already created for good works (Eph. 2:10). I’d like to believe that sometimes to learn “what is” we have to learn “what’s not”. As living epistles, our lives are constantly open for others to see how we live and fight the good fight of faith. As you move forward, decide to remain open during your seasons of reconstruction so that others can partake of the finished product (Rev. 12:11) and know that you are His masterpiece.