And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High; for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him. (Luke 1:76)

Filling potholes must be tough work, especially on a hot, muggy summer day, but a friend of mine seems to enjoy the task. He retired from the job of filling potholes but after a brief time returned to his former job. Occasionally, as I drive around our city, I see him shoveling steamy-hot, tarry material into a pothole. I wave to him, and he waves back with a big smile. If I had his job, I think I would prefer to work only in the winter.

Before a high-ranking political figure visited their country, a highway crew prepared the way for him by filling in potholes and smoothing rough stretches of the road over which the dignitary would travel. Zechariah foresaw that his son, John, would “fill potholes” and smooth the road for the arrival of Jesus, Israel’s King, by summoning the nation to repent. It would not be an easy task, but its significance was unprecedented.

How can you and I prepare the road for Jesus to enter people’s hearts and lives? We can certainly pray, but we can do more than pray. We can speak kind words and perform loving acts of service. Lives that display the fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22–23) may convince some lost souls to welcome the Savior.

Fill a few “potholes” today with love and kindness.

Jim Dyet and his wife, Gloria, have been married fifty-three years and live in Colorado Springs, where Jim enjoys daily walks with his three dogs.