On my way to the church office this morning, I witnessed a person guilty of DWI (Driving While Intexticated). He was making a turn under a traffic light.
“Don’t text and drive!” Ever heard this before? I suspect so! Unfortunately, many of us may be guilty. Familiarity with the statistics related to distracted drivers may serve as a deterrent, however.
- In 2011, at least 23% of all auto collisions involved cell phones. That’s 1.3 million crashes.
- The minimal amount of time your attention is taken from the road while you are texting and driving is 5 seconds.
- If you are driving 55 mph, this equals driving the length of a football field while your eyes are off the road.
This BLOG is not about texting and driving, however. It’s about distractions that deceive us!
How often are we distracted while attempting to read God’s Holy Word? Perhaps we’ve committed to Journaling and daily Bible reading. Discipline is necessary. Staying focused is the challenge. Distractions are abundant. We must train ourselves to remain steadfastly ‘on point’ as momentary thoughts of other things seek to sabotage our interest in and understanding of truth the Lord has for us. Even 5 seconds of interrupted thinking can rob us. This special time set aside for sweet communion may crash.
So, grab your Bible…and perhaps your coffee…
- Turn your cell phone off.
- Place the TV remote out of reach.
- Put your laptop in another room.
- Pray silently for enlightenment.
- Open the Word.
- Whisper a prayer as you move down the page.
- Make a note.
Let’s ask the Holy Spirit to help us stay focused!
Oh! And when you are driving, don’t text…and watch those intersections!