Common Ground and Grace

This morning, after I dropped the kids off at school, I had a moment. I was headed back home, on one of the back roads that has a few industrial buildings, and I had to stop for a semi backing into a loading area. I must have arrived just as he had started as I was the first car to stop and hold. I put my flashers on, received a little nod from the driver, and there I sat. I started to feel really bad for the guy as cars started to line up behind me. I am not sure how long he had been driving but it took him FOREVER to line up correctly. There I sat, as he backed up a little, then pulled ahead a tad, multiple times. By the time he was far enough into the driveway there were 6 cars behind me and at least that many on the other side of the truck waiting also. As I passed by the driver he waved, as to give a thank you, I managed to catch a little eye contact and I noticed his expression had change quite a bit from our first connection. He looked very flustered.
As we carry out our daily routine, how often do you think our presence changes those around us and/or their demeanor? Quite frankly, I hadn’t really thought much about it until this morning, or at least in that way. I happened to be very patient, but I can’t say that for the guy behind me. I notice in the review mirror that he threw his hands up quite a few times. Everyone in that space and time had unintentionally been affected by the events of someone trying to do their job. There were people on their way to work, and some perhaps just passing by, but we were all on the same common ground, “Stuck”.

How do unintentional things through the process of your day affect your behavior and demeanor? Do the people around you notice something different about you, the way you affect the place and time you are in or how you handle it? As Christians we are to live our life and be seen, differently. We know of Grace.

I encourage you to make a difference in your time and space daily. A difference that can be seen as we are all human and stand on common ground, or space and time.

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witness in Jerusalem, and all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8

Keep going!

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