Don’t focus on the oncoming traffic
So the driving lessons are continuing and my growth was very evident. I had learned to keep my eyes on the road, look ahead to where I was going, look further down the road, and then I came to the last lesson – don’t focus on the oncoming traffic.
I had applied all the lessons my Dad had taught me, and all my siblings and parents were surviving, but every once and awhile a mild case of distraction would emerge. My eyes were on the road, but when I looked at the vehicles coming my way they would somehow captivate my vision, my eyes would wander from the black pavement to the bright lights on the horizon. The lights were mesmerizing, they danced upon the horizon and would undulate with the profile of the road, but what I did not know was the more my eyes were on the oncoming vehicles the more the vehicle would stray towards them. A little distraction had the potential of a deadly result. His advice was simple do not get distracted. Distractions can be deadly.
This lesson carries a profound application to our lives. Distractions are what they are; something that takes your attraction from your goal to something that is not your goal. On the road of life we all face oncoming traffic, not having it distract you is important. Focus on the things on the road ahead of you, not the vehicles going the opposite direction.
In Numbers 14 there is the account of the twelve spies that went in to the Promise Land to spy it out and give a report. Ten spies saw the problems, while Joshua and Caleb saw the promises. Joshua and Caleb were focusing on the road ahead of them, while the other ten spies saw distractions which ultimately prevented the whole nation of Israel from entering the promised land. A few points that I see from this story will help you in dealing with distractions:
- focus your eyes forward, where you are going
- oncoming traffic is not going with you, but against you
- don’t waste your energy on things that detract you from your goal
- distractions will come, assess them, address them and then move on (to the point of ignoring them)
Don’t let distractions deter you from your goal. Do not become sidetracked by pesky things which will not help you reach your objectives
Assess, address, progress