There’s a sign that reads, “Deer crossing”. At the point of noticing the sign, you gear up to be attentive and familiar with every helpful device and process associated with avoiding any animal subject to run out in front of your car. You mentally pinpoint your breaks while zooming in your focus to a comfortable perimeter. You begin to notice every swaying bush, darting bird, and bump in the road.
“I will stand upon my watch, and set me upon the tower and will watch to see what he will say unto me, and what I shall answer when I am reproved. And the LORD answered me, and said, write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie; though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.” – Habakkuk 2:1-3
Whether you’re preparing, planning or pondering your release, allow me to communicate a few of life’s warning signs.
-Warning! Results from a world of Sin ahead, to avoid Toll, exit now for free(dom)
-Warning! Consequences of past bad choices ahead, slow to endur(ance)
-Warning! Unbelievers ahead, stay to the right(eous).
-Warning! Low visibilities ahead, give right of way to faith(ful)
-Warning! Approaching Toll Road, last free exit take Jesus(!)
Succeeding after prison isn’t about just knowing how to go about life, how I wish life was that simple. Mankind isn’t called to just push forward, for we are all equipped to and should be ready and willing to take on all of life’s turns, twists, pauses, dips, and possible conditions.
For example, finding employment is only one of many obstacles a former offender will face, though maintaining employment requires talents rarely exercised during incarceration. Then there’s the juggling of personal spiritual maintenance; securing general necessities (job, transportation, etc.), and prioritizing already strained social desires, all while sorting through career opportunities. What I’m trying to relay to everyone is that there’s far more involved in succeeding out here than staying out of trouble. We must learn to passionately pursue better/wiser choices.
“Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples; and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come. Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.” – 1 Corinthians 9:11-12
No matter how comfortable or straight things start out, stay ready for obstacles sure to follow. Certainly you’re not the only one who has changed, and not all changes imply for the better. Also note that as the curves in hazardous roads starts to open back up to long straight stretch again, we quickly conclude that the danger has passed. There is no sign that states that all is clear, yet we automatically assume everything is back to normal. But that’s another story! Just never forget that according to the Bible, in the end “WE WIN!” Meanwhile, as for our common call for endurance –you’ve been WARNED!