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Contagious Faith – Trucker to Trucker

Truck Driving at NightKey Bible Verse:  For since the creation of the world, God’s invisible qualities—, his eternal power and divine nature— have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made. Romans 1:20a

Bonus Reading:  Romans 1:16-21

My employer required tractor-trailer drivers to run 24 hours a day as two-man teams in five-hour shifts.  Spending that much time every week in the close confines of a tractor cab allowed for lengthy discussions.

Most of the drivers knew I was a follower of Jesus.  Some were quietly unhappy about it.  So our conversations focused instead on issues truck drivers often discuss – —their families, the unpredictable behavior of “four-wheelers,” incompetent dispatchers and unfair state troopers.

But somewhere between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. the mood would become reflective—, almost meditative.  There was something about that time of the day, combined with the majesty of creation so evident in places like the Great Smoky Mountains— with the moon out on a cloudless night —that inevitably directed talk toward spiritual things.

They brought God up; I never had to.  Tough men became pliable, hardened hearts opened, and trivial conversation turned eternal.

We all have a void inside that can filled only by a relationship with Jesus.

—- Thomas Addington in Life@Work

Personal Challenge:   When people look at you, what attracts them to Jesus?

Thought to Apply:  Our task as laymen is to live our personal communion with Christ with such intensity as to make it contagious.  – —Paul Tournier (Late Swiss Psychiatrist)

Adapted from Life@Work (7-8/99)

Prayer:  God, help me to live my life to shine as a light for You.

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