“Car texting is connecting people everywhere. Yeah, nothing says ‘hello’ like a rear-end collision.” ~ Rhonda Rhea on Twitter
Speaking of car crashes, did you hear about the driver who was lying injured at the side of the road and a Highway Patrolman said, “Just lie still, a Red Cross nurse is coming to attend you.”
“Oh, no,” groaned the victim. “Couldn’t I have a blonde, cheerful one instead?”
I (Dawn) am laughing at those jokes, but actual car crashes aren’t funny! I saw a “rear-ender” this week that looked scary. The entire back end of the car was smashed. As a young mom chatted with the police officer, her little children stood outside the car, off the road ~ terrified.
I just read some California car accident statistics, and it wasn’t a pretty picture. (I won’t ruin your Christmas holidays with those statistics.)
But I did notice that most car accidents are caused by someone’s negligent acts. According to the Mesriani Law Group (Feb. 28, 2009*), a “negligent” act is “a behavior or conduct that is thoughtless or careless that resulted in the injury of another person… A person can also be considered as negligent if he/she did something that should not have been done such as running a red light or speeding. In addition, if an individual did not do something that he/she must have done in order to prevent any accident from happening, such as turning on lights when driving in the dark or at night, failing to yield, or stopping for a pedestrian.”
- Prudent people use practical knowledge well (Prov. 13:16; 18:15).
- They understand the ways of God (Hosea 14:9) as well as their own ways (Prov. 14:8). Therefore they are able to “look well to their goings” (Prov. 14:15) ~ They are careful in their behavior.
- They foresee and avoid evil (Prov. 22:3).
- They listen to warnings (Prov. 15:5).
Prudent believers will go through life alert and “circumspect,” looking around with discernment (Eph. 5:15; Col. 4:5).
Negligence is a sad word. It not only leads to destruction of what is good, its consequences are less than God has planned for us. Let’s avoid the regrets of neglect, and instead, chose the rewards of prudence!
And please DRIVE CAREFULLY during the holidays!