Daily Devotionals

Devotional: September 11th

I spend a lot of time on the road as a preacher. It takes time to make the distance between people's homes and the occasional hospital in which they might be receiving care. As such I am often on the local interstate highway, I-75. I-75 dissects the state in its run from Detroit to the Gulf Coast of Florida. Almost every day a traveler can see cars from Canada (usually Ontario) as well as Florida and many other states in between.

While traveling North on I-75 the other day I was approaching a vehicle that was stalled on the shoulder. It was parked fairly close to the right lane which, otherwise, was open. I checked my left side mirror to see if anyone was in the center lane. There was. But before I could put on my turn signal to move into the center lane, the driver had moved to the left lane to allow me room to move over. He had seen the same thing I had seen.

After moving into the center lane and passing the vehicle on the shoulder I eased back into the right lane and the other car moved back to the center lane to continue passing me. That was when I noticed the license plate. It was an Ohio plate with "Fayette" in the area at the bottom of the plate for the county. I nodded knowingly. I am from Fayette County, Ohio. Born and raised. Then I wondered if the driver of the car was anyone I might know personally.

It doesn't really matter. Someone from my home area was courteous on the highway. That gives me a good feeling. Even though I have no idea who the person was in the car, just knowing that he was from my home area and was courteous with me as a driver from the state he was passing through, I was happy.

There are those who are watching us. They are the ones who have invested their lives in our spiritual maturity and growth. They are watching us to make sure that we live lives that bring honor, not just to them, but, more importantly, to the Christ. Twice, the apostle John commended just such a thing. "I rejoiced greatly that I have found some of your children walking in the truth, as we received commandment from the Father." 2 John 4 "I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in the truth." 3 John 4 We also know of those with whom we have worked concerning the Christ...and we watch them.

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