Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,

As we prepare to move into a new week, I am looking forward to all that will take place. I realize that there will be some things that I really don’t want to happen, but I also know there will be some things that will provide me with some excitement.

Something happened this past week that brought this to my mind. It happened one morning as I was at Travis doing the crossing guard duty. It was strange but it definitely made me think.

Things were running quite normal as I started. As the kids came up, I would step into the street and put up the stop sign. Any cars that were close would stop until the kids had crossed.

But then it happened. Two kids were coming up and I stepped into the street. One driver stepped on their brakes and slid just a little to get stopped. Then a pickup just behind them, pulled around them and stepped on the gas and sped through the crossing.

I wanted to stop the second driver and tell them that they had messed up. But I didn’t do anything because I knew it wouldn’t change what had taken place. I just kept the kids back until I knew it was safe for them to get across the street.

I didn’t know either of the drivers, but I know that one did what they could to stop while the other did what he could to get on down the street. Neither driver was expecting to stop. One was expecting to make the intersection and drop off a student for school while the other was expecting to get through the intersection and get to where they were going.

I know that all of us are headed through this life with an agenda that moves us. There are times when we get so focused on what we have going on that we don’t pay much attention to what is going on around us. When those times come, we can face problems that can cause issues for us.

I believe that the problems that arise in this life will do one of two things in our lives. They will cause us issues that will lead us down a path of struggling or they will help us to understand more fully what God desires to do in our lives. How we see the problems will determine the action that we take.

I realize that we can try to simplify a situation so that we can better understand it. Although that can be nice at times it is not always an option that we might have. I saw these two vehicles coming to the crosswalk. Simply put, they just needed to stop, but that’s not what happened.

We can take that even further in our lives to other situations. It may have to do with a situation at home, work or school. We have in our minds what it is that we need to do and that becomes our focus. We are only thinking about what is taking place in the moment.

Eccles. 10:2 says – “A wise man’s heart directs him toward the right, but the foolish man’s heart directs him toward the left.” If we are focused on what is needed, we will be aware of the decisions that need to be made and then make the right decision.

The path that we are on today will take us where God wants us to be or where we want to be. It all depends on the direction that our heart is moving us and where our focus might be. Just like either stopping abruptly at the crosswalk or accelerating through it, we have a decision to make.

As you go through this day understand that you have some decisions to make concerning the path you will take. Making the right decision will be determined by whether your heart is being directed by Lord. So, when you come to the crosswalk in life today, focus on what God has for you and make the right decision.

I did wave at the driver who stopped and tell them thanks for stopping. It was the right thing to do.

JESUS, JESUS, JESUS, there IS something about that name!!

Christ only, always,

Bro. Paul