Deadly Distractions

An average car weighs 5,000 pounds. A car traveling at 55 miles-per-hour zooms along at 80 feet-per-second!

In the time it took me to type the above two sentences, a two-and-a-half ton chunk of metal has traveled more than the length of FIVE football fields!

Much is made of the dangers of texting while driving. The cautions against distracted driving cannot be overemphasized. The carnage caused is comparable to driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

But there is a greater danger with even more devastating results, “distracted living.”

Jesus said,

“Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”

Matthew 6:34 ESV

At the root of the word translated “anxiety” or “worry” is the idea of distraction.

“Distracted living” is living today focused on what might or might not happen tomorrow.

What distracts us from really living today? We are distracted with tomorrow’s food, clothes, physical health, and money. Read Matthew 6 for the commentary Jesus gives on the subject.

So, what’s the solution to “distracted driving?” Driving at 80 feet-per-second requires a focus on what’s happening right now! Keep your eyes forward looking through the windshield! Constantly check your surroundings and mirrors for other drivers, pedestrians, potholes, and road signs.

And what’s the solution to “distracted living?” Jesus said,

“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness.”

Matthew 6:33 ESV

Driving through life distracted by things (food, clothes, health, and money) causes you to miss out on what’s really important (God’s will and doing the right thing).

God is always working around you! He is always up to something in your life and in the life of the person near you today at work, at the gas pump, on the golf course, or at the grocery store.

Keep your eyes forward looking through the windshield of God’s will and His righteousness! Constantly check your surroundings and mirrors for yourself, other travelers, pedestrians, and God’s road signs.

God is up to something in your life TODAY! Don’t get distracted and miss it because of your speculation about tomorrow.

“Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”

Matthew 6:34 ESV

Our Father, thank-you for Your promise to provide our needs. Help us to focus on the more important things of doing Your will today and seeking your righteousness today.

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Amen

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Pastor Denny

Pastor, Husband, Father, PawPa

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