U-Turn

2-13-20

I went to the post office the other day, and as I was getting out of the car, I noticed this sweet young lady from town sitting in her truck. I knew she had just gotten her driver’s license that week, so I did the goofy “stay back, don’t run over me” hand signals to her and laughed. She smiled and I went in to get my mail. I came back out and got into my car. I started to leave and remembered that I needed to run by Sooner Electric to drop off some tickets, so I backed out of the parking spot, looked both ways and pulled a big ole U-turn in the middle of the road. I looked up and the girl was looking right at me as I spun around. I waved and went on my way. I thought to myself, “you goober, this girl is brand new to driving and here I am all Willy Nilly breaking the law right in front of her.” I didn’t think much else about the ordeal again until today at lunch. On my break, I decided to run to the grocery store. When I walked in, there stood the young lady I had seen at the post office. I went up to her and we started talking. I told her that I shouldn’t have done the big U-turn in the middle of the road in front of her, and that she shouldn’t do what she saw me do. She laughed and said that she watched me and had thought it was crazy that I was doing it, especially since it was right in front of the police station. After a few laughs, I grabbed what I came in to get, then went back to my car to leave. I got in and shut the door. I was sitting in the car and I started to think about the whole thing. How can I do something wrong and then tell someone not to do as I do, but as I say. I know what you may be thinking right now, that a U-turn isn’t the worst traffic law to be breaking, and it seems like not that big of a deal, but the thought of me breaking any law and then going and telling someone not to do it, what a hypocrite! This can apply to all parts of my life! Whether I know it or not, someone is always watching my actions, and as a set apart child of the Father, I am representing Him and His kingdom in everything that I do. I can’t just go around knowingly breaking His commands, and then expect other people not to think it is ok to do the same. Even the smallest of them! In Matthew 5:17-19, Jesus says, “Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill. For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished. Whoever then annuls one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever keeps and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.” I don’t want to lead anyone astray. I don’t want to teach anyone to be lawless. My prayer is that when I am out in the world, all they see is Him and His truths, and that I don’t let my flesh get in the way. I sure don’t want to be the least in His kingdom, I want to be great! Not to be boastful by saying that, but I want to be as close to Him as I can possibly be for all eternity because I love Him and He loves me! I know I’m not going to always get it right. And there are going to be times I am going to pull a “U-turn” in front of someone and make mistakes, but I pray that those times become far and few in between as I try to walk out His Ways with my whole heart. I hope these words bless all who read them today, and that each one of you know the fullness of the Father’s love! God bless you all!

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