According to a recent government research, the use of cellphones (either by calling or texting) has contributed to an almost 28% increase in accidents from 2006-2008. Texting alone caused more than 16,000 deaths in car accidents from 2001-2007, researchers estimated. Which is why today we see a lot of “Distracted Driving” campaigns by various organizations.
I must admit, I have been distracted by a cellphone while driving before. I personally need to work at not being so distracted when I drive either (which is difficult with a one year old in the back seat). And though we ought to take seriously the issue of distracted driving, what about the issue of “Distracted Living?”
As Christians, we know that Satan and our flesh constantly bombard us with sins and weights that can easily beset us. We may not be disqualified from the race but we certainly are taking too many detours on our way to the finish line. For some the detours have been deadly!
When I think of focusing on the task at hand, I think of Paul’s words in Acts 20:24, “None of these things move me…” What does it take to move you from the will of God? Bitterness, hurt feelings, envy, jealousy, intimidation, fear? Whatever it may be, practice Philippians 1:6, “Being confident of this very thing, that He which hath begun a good work in you shall perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.” When you do, the things of this earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace!