Friday, November 19, 2010

Driving Life While Distracted

Have you ever looked at Statistics and Facts About Distracted Driving? According to "almost 20 percent of all crashes in the year 2008 involved some type of distraction" and "nearly 6,000 people died in 2008 in crashes involving a distracted driver." "More than half a million were injured." 

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Think about that for a moment.  Nearly SIX THOUSAND people died and more than half a million were injured because someone wasn't paying attention to the things that they should have been paying attention to.  It's a sobering thought.  

Why am I writing about this you ask?  Am I promoting a national campaign on Distracted Driving?  No I'm not.  While that would be a heroic endeavor, my thoughts are in a different vein. God has been challenging me live a LIFE that is not distracted.  When I live distracted from my calling as a Christ follower, husband, and father, people around me (usually those I love the most) get hurt emotionally and spiritually.  Did I intend to hurt them? Of course not!  But the hurt, pain, and scars, that my distracted living caused are real.

1 Corinthians 10:12 (ESV) says this:
"Therefore let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall."
I am challenging myself to live a life that is focused on the things that are MOST important.  Let us all "take heed" lest the things we desire most slip away from us because we allowed ourselves to live distracted.

Thursday, November 18, 2010


In case you haven't noticed I deleted my Facebook account for now.  I don't find anything particularly wrong with FB (in fact there are many good things about it) but I needed to do it.  I will miss the regular interaction with my FB friends, but I remain alive, well, and contactable via my email jetdienner at, this blog, and my phone (if you have the number).  I have a feeling that since I'm not on FB any more I might just find time to blog again.