Work Zone Opportunities

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See full size image This weekend, I drove to a church to speak at their annual women’s conference.  Driving has become a part of what I do.  I do not always love to drive, but it’s a necessity if I want to get to where I need to be.

As I tapped my fingers to the music and rehearsed certain points that I was going to relay to the women, I noticed the “End Work Zone” sign.  I didn’t realize that I had even gone through a work zone.

For some reason, I immediately connected this to life.  How many times have I passed through someone’s personal “work zone” without noticing? 

Perhaps a personal “work zone” was why her attitude was different; perhaps that was why he has been easily agitated lately; maybe that was why she no longer smiled as often. (Someone actually said this to me during the season leading to my divorce—one of my personal “work zone” areas.)

Relationship building should be a part of what we do.  We might not love all of the responsibilities that can come with them, but they are necessary if we want people to get to where they need to be—in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. 

Let’s allow the Holy Spirit to make the necessary adjustments in us as we engage people where they are:  they may be waiting to hear a report from the doctor.  (I am praying with you Donna and Tom.)  Some are contemplating how to deal with consequences of past sins.  Others just need to be reminded or told for the first time that they are loved by God (John 3:16). 

As children of God enter and exit work zones, we have the assurance of knowing there is a greater work which God started, and “there has never been the slightest doubt in my mind that the God who started this great work in you would keep at it and bring it to a flourishing finish on the very day Christ Jesus appears”  (Philippians 1:6, The Message).  So, let’s stand firm in the faith.

Those not in Christ do not have this peace and assurance.  So we must proceed with prayerful caution, seeking to share  Jesus Christ for “no one else can save us.  Indeed, we can be saved only by the power of the one named Jesus and not by any other person” (Acts 4:12, God’s Word Translation). 

Adjusting my speed, 

Shelly Johns

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