Are you, like me, sometimes a distracted driver when it comes to your life? Something struck me while I was driving to work during rush hour in Dallas, TX. I was listening to the radio, thinking about my writing and also processing a conversation about the days activities with my wife. But interestingly enough I had just read this quiet time about listening to God on the Renewing Your Life section. I was distracted from being with God while I was driving! Those other thoughts were about good things, but I wasn’t focused on the best thing: a rare chance away from my lovely family (2 kids under 3!) to pray and meditate. I was distracted.
Distracted driving in a car can kill people. Distracted driving in life will end up killing your relationship with God. Intentionality is a bit of a cliche word and has some bad connotations. But, it does help focus us around something the Bible talks about as self-control and a purposeful life. Take these verses for example:
“For God did not give us a Spirit of fear but of power and love and self-control” (2 Timothy 1:7).
“This law scroll must not leave your lips! You must memorize it day and night so you can carefully obey all that is written in it. Then you will prosper and be successful” (Joshua 1:8).
“…I strive toward the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:14).
All that to say I turned off the radio, put my phone on the seat next to me and began to talk with God. Setting our sights on Jesus is the first step toward the upward call of God in Christ. Car rides, down-time or the work day all provide opportunities to fall more in love with our Great Savior today.