This blog was originally published in September 2019; however, with increase accidents and deaths cause by those who text and/or talk while driving, I believe this topic warrants a repost with 2020 statistics and information not previous included.
Oftentimes, I end up getting stuck behind someone impeding traffic flow driving ten miles per hour in a 55 or 60 miles per hour zone. When finally able to change lane, I look at drivers to see what has their attention. What else? Texting or talking on cell phones, usually college students disobeying the law and disregarding other people’s lives, as well as their own, for something that can wait. Their behavior frustrates me badly; then I think how we disregard other people’s souls by not sharing the Gospel of Jesus, and how God must be frustrated when we disobey His laws and commandments.
Is there something averting your attention from particular issues? What is blurring your focus of endeavors, goals and achievements you strive to accomplish? Perhaps, the culprit can be summed up in one word. Distractions!
We are bombarded with many necessary and unnecessary distractions such as spiritual activities and events, social sites and news media, domestic affairs, employment, family, health, various types of relationships and so forth. Some are still distracted by past decisions which hinder their successful moving forward in life, secularly and spiritually. Now we are bombarded and distracted by COVID-19.
Distractions have numerous consequences and could be deadly. For example, in my youthful days, I was an avid reader, and would simultaneously read a book while walking home from school. One day, I took a shortcut with no regards to my surroundings. Suddenly! I stopped in my track bumping into two men standing directly in front of me. I looked up and one of them grabbed my arm leaving me too shock to move, to scream or to run.
Have you ever been in such terrifying situations? I could not help but think of their evil intentions for me. Praise the Lord, before anything happened, an elderly gray-bearded man carrying a long brown fishing pole appeared yelling at the men. He said “Get! Get! Don’t you hurt that girl!” I will never forget this man’s action. They ran one way and I ran toward home so fast in the opposite direction it seem as though my front door appeared two steps in front of me. I informed my mother and to the Police Station we went to file a report. Why did I not see these men? Distractions!
Imagine it is 5:00 a.m., on a Monday morning and you awake just to snooze the alarm clock. Where did the weekend go you wonder while turning over to cover your head with a pillow knowing you had already laid down too long. Finally, the adrenaline kicks in and you jump out of bed knowing you cannot be late for your “important” office meeting. You rush getting dress to get to work in twenty-five minutes versus the normal forty-five minutes.
Be not busy with distractions instead with purposeful and profitable tasks.
—Tangie T. Woods
The adrenaline is still high when you pull out of your driveway and finally on the highway exceeding the speed limit. You accelerate and continue swerving from lane to lane without considering the safety of yourself and others. Finally, without incident, you arrive approximately five minutes from the office. What! Red Light! You are surprise because this light has always been green, but you realize you were off your normal driving schedule. Oh well, you decide to read through your text messages.
Suddenly! You look up to see the woman you just hit lying in the street. You are bewildered! A witness calls the police and an ambulance. You remain in your car with all kinds of thoughts charging your mind. In a New York minute you are suddenly enmeshed.” Distractions! You just cost someone her life.
Texting and talking with held hand devices are against the law, and we are bound to obey laws of the land as long as they do not contradict the law of God. As soon as the law of the land contradicts God’s command, we are to disobey the law of the land, and obey God’s law.
Let everyone be subjected to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.
https://carsurance.net/blog/distracted-driving-statistics/ provides 2020 statistics that should make anyone think twice about grabbing electronic devices while driving. The numbers illustrating the dangers of cell phone use while driving is startling. At any given time, drivers use their phones while behind the wheel of an automobile. Yours truly included.
Smartphones have made it easy for us to stay connected at all times but pose serious safety risks if someone decides to check text messages, emails or place a calls while driving. Cell phone distraction rates are alarmingly high; and hopefully we will make the right decision to turn on the ‘Do Not Disturb’ feature while driving.
I too have fell victim to the clarion call of being distracted on many occasions. I was distracted by numerous social media alerts while writing this blog. In order to successfully complete tasks, we must limit distractions that could be stumbling blocks; particularly on our spiritual journey.
What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?
I have limited most unnecessary distractions in my life, and continually working on eliminating few remaining unnecessary distractions.
What about you?