Distractions are Dangerous

I have been behind a person…

Stop Sign…where they did not know which way to turn. It was a stop sign. Left. Right. The only options. The blinkers keep changing directions. Left. Right. Come on! Make up your mind!

I do not want to create an accident, or come across as insensitive, but when you are sitting at a stop sign and you cannot make up your mind on either direction, chose the way that keeps the drivers behind you cool, calm and happy about your choice!

A truck pulled out in front of me Wednesday at the last moment. It had been sitting in gravel and of course I got sprayed with flying obstructions! Then, the truck sped up, slowed down, weaved left and right, and when it came time to yield to other drivers at a round-a-bout, the truck almost pulled out in front of a much larger vehicle that would never have stopped. … Did I say it was a PROPANE truck? It would have been a major tragedy!

We have all been in similar situations and maybe more often than we like to remember. Distractions = Mental Confusion. We cannot do many things at the same time when our focus needs to be on one thing. Driving distractions affect everyone and tragedies happen all the time because of poor choices.

There is such a thing as distracted driving, and it is not always related to cell phone usage, putting on makeup, handling something loose on the floorboards, or fussing with a child in the back seat! Distractions happen when we allow ANYTHING to take our attention off of our role… We are drivers with a need to focus!

Here’s a thought… Distractions are Dangerous! If you cannot drive without distractions then maybe you should not be driving… Just saying.

We’ve all been distracted. And we’ve all made bad decisions. But when what happens in the cab of your vehicle keeps you from giving your complete attention to the world around you, then you are in a dangerous situation. Your situation creates potential disasters for too many!

The same thing can be said about anything that’s important in life… Career. Family. Finances. Spiritual. Anything.

Distractions cause us to loose our focus on doing, and being, what we are supposed to focused on. At times our jobs create so much distraction that we forget about the importance of our family time. Our we allow our family to distract the need of having a job to put a roof over our head and food on the table.

We need to find balance between both important duties.

Did you know that Job is one of the oldest written books of the bible. It has been dated to have been one of the earliest stories about man. We all know the troubles that Job went through. Lost everything. Everyone of his children. And then suffered with his health, friends and spouse. He struggled with his own reasoning before God. If anyone had an opportunity to flail about with distractions, then Job is probably one of the main individuals we look at.

But listen to what he said.

Let me be weighed on honest scales, That God may know my integrity.  (Job 31:6 NKJV)

Honest scales. Let the answer show my integrity. Balanced equally between the weights on every side so that who I am can be properly scaled before God. Someone needs to look at our distractions and weigh them out with us so that we can be properly focused. We do not want to be like Samson and loose our focus on things that we have no business being distracted with!

You can be focused on the right things of life but if you lose focus on God then it matters little how good you are doing with that “right thing”. God needs to be at the center of the scale. And he needs to be melded into each weight at the end of the scale. In other words, God is mixed into everything and not isolated to some event on Sunday!

In the worries of life and living, God needs to be first. This keeps our distractions under control.

But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. (Matthew 6:33-34 NKJV) (Spoken by Jesus)

Before you make a big decision, put God into the process. Before you allow distractions to lead you wrong, bring yourself back to making sure whatever you are doing, well, God has to be at the center.

This will bring our distractions under control and everything will be done properly and at the correct time.

 

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