A recent television commercial shows a lady walking through a mall. She is distracted by texting on her cell phone and falls into a fountain. Another TV clip shows a man, also distracted by his smart phone, walking off the curb into traffic and nearly being hit by a car. The National Safety Council reports that cell phone use while driving leads to 1.6 million crashes each year. Staggering data also indicates eleven teens die every day as a result of texting while driving.
While distracted driving may prove to be fatal, distracted living can prove to be eternally destructive. Things that distract us from following the Lord’s plans can be devastating. We ought to focus on His plans for us. Scripture reveals God’s heart for His children. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11, NIV).
The opposite of following God’s plans is to follow our own plans. That idea is usually a really bad plan. “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death” (Proverbs 14:12, NKJV). When we become preoccupied with temporal things and lose our eternal perspective, we are headed for disaster. Paul speaks of those who are inattentive to God’s plans. “For many walk …whose end is destruction… who set their mind on earthly things” (Philippians 3:18, NKJV). Scripture instructs us to, “Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth” (Colossians 3:2).
Our focus must stay on Jesus. Paul says, “…but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:13-14, NKJV). Paul concentrated his thoughts and his energies on the one great end of life, the one thing needful. No distracted living for him.
Prayer: Lord keep us from distracted living and distracted driving!
~ Brother Roy