Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

May 24, 2014

A positive minute: Stop! A lesson from traffic laws

Dr. Michael Layne
Daily News

---- — I was driving south on North East Street (sounds like a contradiction) the other morning when I noticed a vehicle had come up behind me rather fast.

I further noticed that as I would make a complete stop at the stop signs, the motorist behind me did not stop at the signs.

I have seen that several times. A motorist makes a complete stop and the motorist behind him did not stop appearing to be signaling that since I was the second vehicle and the guy in front stopped, then I don’t have to as I have already stopped behind him.

Well, that’s not the way it works. Pardon me for a moment as I change my forte from being a columnist to, once again, assuming the role of my previous profession of law enforcement. First of all the driver’s license is not a right but, a privilege because the state in which you live gave a test; you passed, drivers license issued.

The drivers license gives us the opportunity to drive according to the laws of the state in which we live and to obey all traffic rules wherever we may drive. A stop sign means STOP. A good rule of thumb is the three second rule, and if two vehicles meet at the intersection at the same time, yielding to the vehicle to the right is a good thing.

If a person’s license has been suspended, DON’T drive. If caught, a ticket will be issued and the vehicle will be towed, unless you are in Texas where we towed the vehicle and the driver went to jail and remained there until a one thousand dollar bond could be paid.

One way streets mean one way. Don’t try to drive against the traffic, even in parking lots where it is obvious it is meant as a one way passage.

I once stopped a violator for traveling 50 MPH in a 20 MPH zone. His excuse: “My gas pedal got stuck.” I advised him that if that were the case, then I would impound his vehicle as it must be unsafe to be on the street. He changed his tune and settled for the speeding ticket.

Okay, that said, now back to my collar and this column. Why did I write about traffic laws? In a very real sense God has given humanity some clear direction for life starting with the Ten Commandments. The problem being we humans have a tendency to want to do our own thing.

Read about Adam and Eve at the very outset of humanity and you will see how that by doing their own thing, the purpose God had for them changed. It’s called disobedience.

Much is said in scripture about obedience and the importance of it. I remember being disobedient when I was a child and I also remember the consequence of my behavior.

As adults we find that making decisions is an everyday situation. Making the choice for a quality life is not an impossibility. Does that mean that everything is going to be smooth sailing? No, but, it does mean that you will be much happier with the end result of quality decision making.

Do you feel as though you are going the wrong way on a one way street in life? Then turnaround. Head the other direction and go with the flow of your life. The more a person goes headlong in the wrong direction in their life, the more difficult life becomes.

Bottom line; if you are sick and tired of being sick and tired, ask God for help and then, get quiet and spend time contemplative prayer. It’s in the quietness that God speaks the loudest. When our environment is filled with radio, TV, phones, internet and whatever else is going on, it’s just that much more difficult to hear what God is saying to us.

There are always one of three answers He gives; Yes, No or, Wait. When we discover the answer then its up to us to follow that guidance. If the answer is No, don’t run that stop sign. Disobedience will get a person in trouble, everytime.

The Most Rev. Michael Layne, PhD, ThD, will be officiating at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Napoleon this Sunday at 10 a.m. He can be reached at 812-614-2160 or