The road markings had been repainted after resurfacing work but the sign still hadn’t been moved.
Road markings are really helpful because they tell you where you can drive and where other traffic might be. As part of our local road resurfacing work, the last thing to be repainted was the roundabouts. Although this seemed dangerous to me, generally people were still treating the junction like a roundabout even though there was no roundabout there. Most people knew how to treat the junction because they were familiar with it, but what about those who were not?
Do you like rules? I guess for most of us it depends on the rules? Whilst we might prefer to drive wherever we want to, it’s fairly obvious that road markings are a great example of where boundaries are really important and helpful. When experts talk about parenting they usually mention the need for clear boundaries, that parents need to make it clear to children how they should and shouldn’t behave. When we have clear boundaries it often winds children up, but ironically they can help a child to feel more secure and loved.
What are your road markings in life?
What is it that you are living by?
I was in a school recently which had its values displayed in several places. Their values are ‘belonging, endurance, compassion, respect, trust and friendship’. Do you agree with them, do you think that they are good values to live by? They were labelled as ‘Christian values’ and they had Bible verses next to each of them. The 6 values are something you might see in any school, but they are all taken straight out of the bible.
The Bible makes sense and I believe that amongst other things that it can act as our road markings through life. If you don’t have a bible and would like to read one, you can read online here, the link will take you to Marks gospel where you can read about Jesus.
When asked what the greatest commandment in the Bible was Jesus said:
“‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’” (Matthew 26 v36-40)
Jesus went on to say that the rest of the Bible is based on or depends upon these two commands.
If we love God and want to please and honour him and if we love and treat other people well then I believe that we are on the right road to living well.