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May 24, 2014

A positive minute: Stop! A lesson from traffic laws

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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.

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