Clues From A Crossing Guard

School is back in session. Children with their backpacks, walking down the street. Yellow school buses picking up kids. School parking lots filled with cars. School zone signs. And of course, who can forget the friendly neighborhood crossing guard! Yes, school is back in session.

I come across this scene every morning when I head to work. I’m thankful for those who work to keep our children safe, especially those crossing guards. Last week, I saw our crossing guard almost get hit by a car for simply doing his job! Two mindless drivers barreled through the school zone like bucking bulls in a china shop. As the crossing guard jumped in front of both cars, some choice words were shouted by one of the drivers, in front of elementary age students. What has this world come to?

What I witnessed that morning happens in churches and among church leadership everyday. Christians barreling through their lives without a care of who they hurt along the way. In this fast-paced society, we have forgotten what it means to be courteous and men, chivalrous. This very mindset is selfish and self-serving. It is certainly not the mind of Christ.

When you study the life of Christ, there’s no doubt, His ministry was hopping! Even when He tried to rest, people would flock to Him for more miracles, more needs, more of what only He could do. When Jesus actually slept (and it was during a storm while in a boat in the middle of the sea), His disciples accused Him of not caring about their life!

Life in the 21st century is fast paced. It is hectic. With all our “time-saving” devices, it’s amazing how often we run out of time. Someone once told me, “We have more opportunities today than they did decades ago.” That’s true, but I don’t believe the way we ought to treat others has changed. The Bible still contains the Golden Rule, right? (therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them:) We are still commanded to be kind one to another, tenderhearted. These are certainly acts that could not be attributed to that driver I saw that morning. But the crossing guard left me some clues on how to properly live my Christian life during this selfish day.

Slow Down & Stop

As hectic as Jesus’ ministry was, He always took the time to slow down and stop for those who needed Him most. Whether it was the woman with an issue of blood, the woman at the well, Nicodemus at night, or any number of individuals whose infirmities were healed or whose loved ones were brought back to life, Jesus slowed down and stopped.

Likewise, we need to learn to slow down and stop at times. Ministry (both your private family ministry and the public side) is not about running people over but it is about meeting people and their needs. Notice the signs? The tense moments at home? The “all about me” attitude? The lack of spiritual influence on others? These and many more are subtle reminders, like the crossing guard, to slow down and stop.

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