Tuesday, December 05, 2006

How Do You Cross The Line?

As I drive to work each morning, I slow down through at least two school zones. Well I slow down through every school zone I go through but some mornings I go a route that takes me through two school zones, other routes take me through more.

One thing I have noticed is that, probably for fear of a very high priced ticket, practically everyone slows down to the required 20 miles per hour. And they stay there throughout the school zone. Then they cross that white line at the end of the zone and their true personality shows up!

Some continue to drive slow for bit, not sure what just happened, not realizing they had been released from the limit of the zone.

Some accelerate so fast that you'd think they had been shot from a rocket. They can't get back up to SPEEDING fast enough. Eager to move on to the next place they need to be.

Some, probably most, resume normal speed through a smooth, acceleration which causes no one to notice that they have resumed normality.

Noticing this, I thought about how those of us who assemble in the house of our Loving Lord on Sunday mornings act in much the same way.

We slow down for an hour or so as we go through the 'worship zone". Then as some of us leave the worship center, we mosey around the building not sure what just happened. Not really trying to fellowship with other believers. Just going through the motions of leaving and heading home.

Some of us bolt for the door. Can't get to the restaurant for lunch fast enough. Glad we passed through that 'zone' so we can get to where we really want to be.

Some of us leave and resume normal life slowly leaving behind the 'worship zone' and smoothly accelerating into every day life without anyone noticing that we have resumed 'normality'.

The school zone to most people is an inconvenience. They are in too big of a hurry to notice the future of our country walking to school to absorb the knowledge they need to be successful in life.

Unfortunately, for many, church is also an inconvenience. They are in too big of a hurry to notice the investment that is being made in their future. They fail to increase in the knowledge of the one who will lead them throughout life.

How do you cross the line at the end of the Sunday morning worship service? Will you make the decision to slow down in the 'worship zone' and notice what our Loving Lord is trying to show you? Will you take those lessons through the day and through the week with you?

Psalm 46:10 (Amplified Bible) Let be and be still, and know (recognize and understand) that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations! I will be exalted in the earth!

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