Everyone’s life is precious, so conduct your life in a Godly way!
As Christians, we should always obey the laws of the land. If you are doing anything against the law, and you are caught or someone sees you, what kind of example are you setting? Even if “no one” sees you—God does! So, we should always comport ourselves in a Godly way. Always! Especially, if our actions can lead to consequences that can impact the lives of others. Put yourself in their shoes and perhaps you’ll be a little more careful with your actions.
I live in the Central Valley of California and I know many people from my past that have been killed by drunk drivers; people speeding; or people that ran stop signs. Since we’re surrounded by agriculture, sometimes it’s difficult to see stop signs or oncoming traffic. However, if you drive at the speed limit, and God forbid something happens, then you will know that you did your part.
About 1 1/2 years ago, 8-year-old Elijah, was playing in his neighborhood and 2 teens that were speeding, drove around the corner and killed him. He was dragged for over a block. He lived 10 minutes away.
About 23 years ago, 4-year-old Nicole was playing in her neighbor’s yard, across the street from my parents’ home, at the time. A car came plowing through the front yard and killed her. He was a drunk driver. Her grandmother had to extricate her from between the tire and the car. Nicole’s mother was my friend.
I have countless stories, unfortunately.
In another accident, 2 young men carjacked a car, with its occupant. The police came across them and pursued them. Now . . . I’m not a proponent of cop chases . . . at all, because innocent people end up becoming victims. Which is exactly what happened. The pursuit lasted for about 10 miles, through the country, and came to a tragic halt, 1/4 mile from my parents’. The young men ran a stop and crashed into a vehicle carrying parents and their 5 children. Unfortunately, the parents did not have any of their kids in seat belts or car seats. All the children were ejected. All 5 died, including the 3 young men. One of them innocent. The youngest child, who was only a few months old, could not be found for hours since the impact took them across the road into an orange grove. She landed quite a few trees away from where the crash ended.
So, please . . . DON’T drink and drive! DON’T speed! Be vigilant. Obey the traffic laws. DON’T be selfish. It’s simply NOT worth it. It’s better to get there late, versus never arriving at all!
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Jack took a long look at his speedometer before slowing down: 73 in a 55 zone. Fourth time in as many months. How could a guy get caught so often?
When his car had slowed to 10 miles an hour, Jack pulled over, but only partially. Let the cop worry about the potential traffic hazard. Maybe some other car will tweak his backside with a mirror.
The cop was stepping out of his car, the big pad in hand.
Bob? Bob from church? Jack sunk farther into his trench coat. This was worse than the coming ticket. A Christian cop catching a guy from his own church. A guy who happened to be a little anxious to get home after a long day at the office. A guy he was about to play golf with tomorrow. Jumping out of the car, he approached a man he saw every Sunday, a man he’d never seen in uniform.
“Hi, Bob. Fancy meeting you like this.”
“Hello, Jack.” No smile.
“Guess you caught me red-handed in a rush to see my wife and kids.”
“Yeah, I guess.”
Bob seemed uncertain. Good. “I’ve seen some long days at the office lately. I’m afraid I bent the rules a bit-just this once.” Jack toed at a pebble on the pavement. “Diane said something about roast beef and potatoes tonight. Know what I mean?”
“I know what you mean. I also know that you have a reputation in our precinct.”
Ouch! This was not going in the right direction. Time to change tactics.
“What’d you clock me at?”
“Seventy-one. Would you sit back in your car, please?”
“Now wait a minute here, Bob. I checked as soon as I saw you. I was barely nudging 65.” The lie seemed to come easier with every ticket.
“Please, Jack, in the car.”
Flustered, Jack hunched himself through the still-open door. Slamming it shut, he stared at the dashboard. He was in no rush to open the window. The minutes ticked by. Bob scribbled away on the pad. Why hadn’t he asked for a driver’s license? Whatever the reason, it would be a month of Sundays before Jack ever sat near this cop again. A tap on the door jerked his head to the left. There was Bob, a folded paper in hand. Jack rolled down the window a mere two inches, just enough room for Bob to pass him the slip.
“Thanks.” Jack could not quite keep the sneer out of his voice. Bob returned to his car without a word. Jack watched his retreat in the mirror. Jack unfolded the sheet of paper. How much was this one going to cost? Wait a minute. What was this? Some kind of joke? Certainly not a ticket. Jack began to read:
Once upon a time I had a daughter. She was six when killed by a car. You guessed it – a speeding driver. A fine and three months in jail, and the man was free. Free to hug his daughters. All three of them. I only had one, and I’m going to have to wait until heaven before I can ever hug her again. A thousand times I’ve tried to forgive that man. A thousand times I thought I had. Maybe I did, but I need to do it again. Even now. . . Pray for me. And be careful. My son is all I have left. Bob”
Jack…twisted around in time to see Bob’s car pull away and head down the road. Jack watched until it disappeared. A full 15 minutes later, he too, pulled away and drove slowly home, praying for forgiveness and hugging a surprised wife and kids when he arrived.
Life is precious. Handle with care.
Bible Verses For Reflection:
1 Corinthians 11:1 (KJV)
11 Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.
2 Corinthians 5:17 (KJV)
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
Ephesians 5:1-2 (KJV)
Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;
2 And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.
1 John 2:6 (KJV)
6 He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.
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