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Saturday, November 25th, '17

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PAY ATTENTION!                                  

"...watch!" (Mark 13:37 NKJV)

 

Ever heard of someone being so poor that he couldn't pay attention? Attention has nothing to do with poverty; it has to do with keeping your head in the game. I finally did it. After thirty-three years without a blemish on my driving record I got fazed in a big eastern town with eight lanes and goofy light sequences, turned on a red light and caught the edge of a lady's bumper in oncoming traffic. For insurance's sake, damage was minimal, I didn't even feel any impact, but you know how it goes, the victim in the other car was carted off in a stretcher, neck brace on and the whole nine yards. Now I feel awful. I hope she is okay.

 

Whose fault? Remember, goofy light sequences, and the other lady had plenty of time to dodge me, and I was in strange surroundings; Your Honor, grant me some mercy. No, I wasn't paying attention. I was in a hurry. I saw lights turn green and didn't wait to see if my turning lane arrow turned green. Leaped before I thought. Most of our problems happen that way. "What were you thinking?" is a line we parents like to use. Actually, I wasn't thinking at all. The car was in drive but my brain was in neutral. Ever been distracted? Earlier, the guy behind me flipped up both hands in disbelief that I didn't immediately turn right on a red light. I don't always know the rules.

 

Jesus knew how easily our minds wander. Over and over He commanded us to "watch". Peter also knew the danger of an inactive mind. "Be sober, be vigilant", he warned, because the adversary lurks like a stalking lion (1 Peter 5:8). What if that had been a Mack truck instead of a mid-size Pontiac? Not paying attention can cost you your life.

 

Life's eight-lanes are strewn with human carnage and wreckage because of spiritual dullness and inattention. Paul urged, "...give attention to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine. Do not neglect the gift that is in you..." (1 Timothy 4:13,14) Guard your affections and take heed to your devotional life. Jesus added, "If the good man would have paid attention he would not have had his house broken into" (Matthew 24:43 paraphrased). Staying alert requires a rousing of faculties. Thinking there is no danger we tend to get off our guard. The devil comes as a thief and a deceiver. "While men slept" the enemy came in and sowed the tares (Matthew 13:25). There is a syndrome in optometry called "lazy eye". I fear far more people suffer from that eye problem than they do from near or far-sightedness. We're told to "gird up the loins of [our] minds". Paying attention requires resolve, energy and engagement. It's the black mark that bugs me more than actual accident. You can go thirty-three years with a perfect record then one moment of inattention mars the whole career. If you want to stay squeaky clean stay awake. And add to that an unfair raise in insurance rates. But I'll look both ways next time. I hope you will too. Now, like the teacher said, pay attention! (or you may have to pay a big deductible).


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