…signs of the fines…

small fineHit a worker, pay a $10,000 fine.
Don’t hit our workers, avoid $10,000 fine.
I saw several of these signs as we made our three state trek down to Dallas for a Texas Thanksgiving.  Somewhere along the trip, the signs got me to musing…

Do we really have to monetize a personal impact to the driver?
Shouldn’t the idea of not hitting another human be enough motivation?
Have we become that self-centered that the monetary cost is what might motivate us to be careful?

My musings shifted a bit…part of that whole random musing thing…doesn’t that fit a lot of us as believers?  The whole what’s in it for me question.  Now, I grant you, there are some legitimate reasons to ask the question…and we do get eternal life for our belief…so, please don’t take this post the wrong way.

However, I have seen…and I have been the one others have seen…self-centeredness be the motivation for “spiritual” activity.  (Yes, I recognize that self-centeredness, selfishness, self-focus, and a whole lot of other selves have been the focus of several of the recent postings…I guess God’s working on me through some pride issues, maybe a few of you as well.)

We serve, to be noticed, to get that pat on the back…to gain something for ourselves.
We show up on Sunday mornings, to socialize, to be seen, not to miss out…to gain something for ourselves.
We pray, so the quality of our prayer can be heard, to show how holy we are to the others…to gain something for ourselves.

And there are plenty of other examples.  And there are plenty of examples where we get it right.  Right being…we’re motivated by our love of God, by our gratefulness for what He has given us because His Grace compels us to glorify Him through our actions.

So there we are…signs around road construction teaching a lesson about our motivations as God constructs (transforms) us.

For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works. (Titus 2:11-14 ESV)

Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world. (James 1:27 ESV)

5 thoughts on “…signs of the fines…

  1. And an awesome lesson it was. I love it when God points to things to show us how we should live. Those signs even come from signs. How cool is that? Great post Kenn. You always get me thinking. And yep, God’s been teaching me about pride too. It’ll come to light in one of my posts eventually. I have to point to some Wintery/Christmassy things first. So a bit of a detour. Thanks for sharing!

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