June 27, 2017-Stop. Look. Listen.

Kindergarten used to be a time of learning to socialize with others, establish bathroom habits, and discover various basic survival skills. One of those skills was the importance of red lights, amber lights, and green lights.

I well remember the teachers imparting the three words: “Red means stop. Amber/Yellow means wait. Green means Go.” (Once you began driving, however, you learned different meanings. Red can mean: “I’ll speed up and no one will notice.” Yellow I associate with Jim on the television TAXI as “What does the yellow light mean? Slow down. “What…does…the…yel…low…light mean? “S-L-O-W D-O-W-N.” And green now means: Faster than a speeding bullet….

Much like the warnings teachers attempted to give us when we were young, God gives us warnings to aid us in keeping on a straight path. Hebrews 6:9-12-But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you, and things that accompany salvation, though we thus speak. For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister. And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end: That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

We, as Christians, need to remember to stop, look, and listen to those around us. To truly carve out the time to minister to others in the faith and those around us. We are to be the beacons of hope, working through our faith and God-given patience to be caring, compassionate ambassadors for Christ.

As you go about your life today, LOOK at those around you. SMILE as if greeting a long-lost friend. LISTEN with your full attention when someone speaks. STOP to show that you care. In this way, you show the reflection of the faith in Christ that sustains you…

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