I arrived at work yesterday and picked my purse up off the passenger seat to go inside the office. Something was different. My purse did not feel as heavy. I glanced inside and realized I had forgotten my wallet at home. I had just driven 25 miles without my driver’s license.
The first thing I thought was…Boy, I am going to have to drive really cautiously tonight on the way home.
As I was driving home from work last night, cautiously, I started thinking about how odd it is that I had to remind myself of this. It is not like I am usually a reckless driver. I think I tend to drive pretty safely. However, I’ve made the trip home so many times that I know my mind has a tendency to sometimes drift to autopilot. I’m sure many of you reading this can relate to pulling into your driveway and not really remembering the details of the trip. We zone out. We’ve made the trip so many time that are minds drift. Sometimes, as I drive along, I am in such deep thought. Then, I happen to glance down at my speedometer and realize I am going 66 in a 55. Not good.
Well, let me just say, that last night I was very conscientious of my entire drive home. I knew exactly what speed I was going at all times. I made sure to always use my turn signal and I made sure I had plenty of room when pulling out into traffic.
It’s kind of scary that considering I am driving a 3000 pound hunk of metal down the road at high speeds that my mind would ever drift from the task of driving. But, it does. All the time.
I was thinking about this experience and the choices I make in life. We tend to treat our life the same way. We get comfortable and then our minds drift from the important task in front of us. We zone out and forget that we only have one chance, here on earth, at this thing called life. We forget how important it is to take every choice we make seriously and to not take any moment for granted. And just like me for getting my wallet at home, sometimes something in life will happen that will remind us that we need to move cautiously. Something will wake us up from our autopilot living and we remember how important it is to say focused.
Oh listen, dear child—become wise;
point your life in the right direction. (Proverb 23:19 MSG)