Malan Jones

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#44: Indiana ” The Crossroads of America “

Are you at a crossroad in your life spiritually?Does your life feel like it lacks hope, and meaning?

A crossroad is: “a critical point where a decision or choice must be made”. 

Spiritual Reflection in Indiana

Indiana is the 44th state visited on the Become tour (2016). The State motto is “ the Crossroads of America”.Without a doubt, the first and most critical decision we’ll ever make is accepting Jesus Christ as God’s sign of love and forgiveness.  Knowing and showing God’s forgiveness through Jesus Christ is the most crucial decision we’ll ever make in life. It’s easy to get blinded by all the noise of this world. But here are three landmark visions that will help open up our eyes.

 #1. Choose One Navigator

Jesus said, “ No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money. ( Matthew 6:24 ).Back when I drove for Lyft,  sometimes I would accidentally have two navigational systems working at once and giving me opposite directions.  I would be using iMaps, then a request would come in from Lyft which automatically opened Google maps and start giving me directions to the rider. For a couple seconds, I would have two navigational systems saying two different directions. One would say, “ Turn left ” the other say,  “ Turn right” and it would drive me crazy until I stopped one of them. The same is true for this walk with Christ. We have a choice to follow the Holy Spirit which brings life or the desires of the flesh which brings death.  Is our destination Jesus or self-glory? We can’t do both, and if we try we’ll end up in a very confused place.

#2. Stay on Route

God isn’t going to force us into this life, it’s our choice. In the book of Joshua, we read,   But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” ( Joshua 24: 15 ).

#3. Keep it Hot

When I worked at Chipotle for a month, the one thing they told me is to keep “ hot food, hot” and, “ cold food, cold. ” If we didn’t then bacteria would grow on the food which could make customers sick. Jesus said the same thing in the book of Revelation “ I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.” (Revelation 3: 15-16) I can’t even explain what all this means, but what I do know is if I don’t continually stir my faith, and be energized by God’s work then the bacteria of sin will start to eat me up, and I’ll leave a bad taste in God’s mouth.

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father, there is none like you, you know the times I’ve been lukewarm. Thank you for your word that heats things up.  Please renew a right Spirit with me so that I don’t be lukewarm, but that I live passionately for you every day.

 

Educational Reflection

Where does Indiana its motto from?

 “The Crossroad’s of America” was given because of the many major interstate highways that crisscrossed through it. Yet, New York now has more interstate highways with 28 routes that stretch a total of 1, 496.79 miles but Texas has the longest routes, 17 which stretch a total 3,233.45 miles. Pretty good for a country that’s 2,680 miles wide, and 1, 582 miles in vertical length!

 The Soldier and Sailors Monument

We visited “ The Soldier and Sailors Monument” that memorialized those Hoosier’s (Indiana residents) that fought in the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Mexican War, the Civil War, the Frontier Wars, and the Spanish American War. This monument that was built in 1902 cost $598,318 and is 15 feet shorter the statue of liberty. There is now a museum beneath the monument, and a gift shop right before going to the top. You can make your way up to the top by taking the stairs or paying for the elevator.

 The Importance of a Landmarks

Landmarks highlight a turning point. They indicate great wars, triumphs, and even defeats. They help us reflect on where we have been, and where we are going.

Questions for you:

  1. What are some landmarks in your life?
  2. What are some landmarks in your state?

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Highway History

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