A Week Of Making A Change

For several days recently, the power company had workers on the property doing maintenance work. Every year they come through and trim under the power lines so they will be easily accessible in case of an emergency. This means lots of chain saws, men on ATVs driving up the ridge and back and one loud Great Dane keeping them all in their place.

"Work Area Ahead" signs were up in several places for a couple of reasons. First, the workers set up signs at the bottom of the driveway and at the first turn coming up so we'd know exactly where they were. They didn't want us to pull in or out of the driveway, possibly running them down in the process.

The second reason was so we'd understand why it was so noisy and the landscape was being changed. The first year they did this, we had no idea how much work they'd have to do. This year, though, there was much less new growth under the power lines, so the work only took about a week to complete. The changes will have many positive effects in the months and years to come, so the noise and disarray was well worth it.

For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God. Colossians 1:9-10

Just like our landscape changed and is constantly changing, so should our spiritual lives. Paul, writing a letter from prison, told the church that he was praying a very specific prayer for them. More than anything, he wanted them to continue growing and learning more about the Lord all the time. There would be no point where they'd learned all they needed to and could throw in the towel because they'd "arrived." That wouldn't happen until they'd reached heaven.

Make this a week of making a change. Maybe you need to read Scripture on a more regular basis, or you might want to join a new Bible study, prayer group or Sunday school class. Is God calling you to be a Sunday school teacher, youth leader or part of the kitchen crew? This is a great week to mix things up a bit, start down a new path and grow in all those spiritual places. Just hang out a sign to let people know your work area is ahead. Then they'll know God is making amazing changes in your life.

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