“Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.” - Ephesians 4:2
As we come out of the New Year and into the second month of 2022, I want to focus on a topic that many of us deal with on a daily basis: Patience. Some who read this will chuckle or smile, while others will let out a sigh and think, “not this again”. Being transparent, even being the author of this blog post, I let out a sigh as I accepted the fact that I need this just as much as the next person. It is very easy in our current world to lose patience and demand life to move faster than ever before. We continue to find ways to streamline our daily activities and operations in order to maximize return or output. With this, one of the main points within this topic that I want to highlight is how we deal with and treat others.
We are called as Christians to love one another as we do ourselves (Mark 12:31). When was the last time you felt a certain way about someone who cut you off? When was the last time you shared a few choice words with someone who didn’t align with your views or beliefs, whether it be voiced internally or externally? I am sure this is more common than we would all like to admit. However, with that being said, I want to shine the light on the book of Ephesians for a second. Paul wrote this as a letter to the Christians in Ephesus while believed to have been in prison. A lot of this book revolves around the explanation of how to become fully mature in spirituality in Christ. What can be revealed from it is that transformation comes from the Gospel of Jesus. The letter ends with encouraging scripture on facing hardships and to put on the full armor of God and stand tall against the Devil.
Now, what does all of this have to do with the title “The Slow Lane”? A challenge. My challenge to you, and myself, is to focus more on the slow lane rather than the fast lane. Before we slam the pedal down and cruise past others, take a second to move over and embrace the love of each person that God has placed in our lives. The Devil works in mysterious ways and can be found scheming against us in any way possible. My advice is simple...wear your armor that the Lord has provided and care for others with the grace and love He has provided. Just as Paul wrote about in Ephesians, the transformation of our world cannot, and will not, occur without the gospel and power of Jesus. Use these tools to our advantage, turn on your right blinker, and move to the slow lane in your travels.
“Be vulnerable. Be dedicated. Be strong.”