Safety. Always.

By Jay Culotta

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I am doing research for a book I am writing and ran across this today. It is packed with lessons we can learn, but two of them I hope you will glean from this story is to SLOW DOWN and BE MORE CAREFUL.

How many times have we read tragic news stories of young children being run over by their own parents or relatives who were too much in a hurry to check if anyone or anything (pets, etc.) were around their vehicle before backing out the garage or driveway?

How many times have we read of multi-car pileups because people were following too closely simply because they could not take another few SECONDS to get to work or wherever they were going?

Do you REALLY believe that you are that super driver that can navigate in the blinding snowstorm or rainstorm when MILLIONS of others have proven they cannot?

 

SLOW DOWN and save your FUTURE from behind bars if you do survive that “accident” that was no accident but something you CAUSED by your negligence!

Pulling into the fast-food restaurant, I saw something unusual. Five telephone repair trucks dotted the parking lot. Either Hardee’s was experiencing major telephone difficulties or the drivers had decided to take a coffee break together. But what caught my attention were the bright orange cones—the kind usually seen at highway construction sites—sitting behind each truck. The men could not have backed out without crushing them.

Inside the restaurant, the men were sitting around a small table, talking and laughing. I ordered my food. On the way past their table, curiosity finally got the best of me.

“Excuse me,” I said, stopping beside them. “Would you tell me why the cones are behind your trucks?” One of the men laughed and said, “’Cause we’d get fired if we didn’t. It’s the rule.” Then he added, “Seriously, we can’t see very well behind these trucks. Putting the cone directly in our path every time we park forces us to look before we back out.”

Another repair man broke in. “Several weeks ago one of our men was driving a truck that carries the big buckets. He had stopped for lunch and put out one of the cones. When it was time to leave, he walked to the back to pick it up. Right beside the cone, under the left rear wheel, was a small boy who had gotten away from his mother just a few seconds before.”

The man shook his head. “If that guy hadn’t had a cone behind his truck . . .”

The men finished their coffee, waved to the waitresses, and returned to their trucks. Each went to the rear of his vehicle, looked underneath it, and picked up the orange cone.

Safety. Always.

Where are the orange cones in your life?

God has placed them in some specific areas. He wants to keep you from running over that which is sensitive and vulnerable in your heart and soul. Often, however, we decide to take matters into our own hands and begin moving—or even taking away—God’s safety barriers. When that occurs, our direction in life, our relationships, and our priorities slip out of control. It’s ironic, but the more we try to control our life instead of letting God have the reins, the more our life careens wildly about, unmanageable and dangerous to us.

That’s one of the reasons Jesus said: “For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will save it” (Luke 9:24).

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Our faith can be strong or weak and we can trust that God is in control and that His timing is always perfect or not.

I can tell you from experience that since Oct. 2002 when I was saved by His GRACE, I was almost immediately able to go from worrying about almost everything to suddenly being able to be calm about nearly everything.

I no longer worried about being late for that “end of the world” meeting, being stuck in traffic and being unable to do anything about it or having to cancel something because I had a sudden migraine that rendered me incapable of driving at the time.

I am a living example that if you cast your cares upon the Lord, He will take care of you.

“Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.”—1 Peter 5:6–7 NKJV

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”—Philippians 4:6–7 NKJV

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