The Rewards of Prudence

9 Dec

Red Car - Rear End Collision“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.”

Make me think.
I’ve always thought of “negligence” in life as pretty minor. I used to excuse my negligence as “Oh, that’s just the way I am,” or “Oh well, it’s no big deal.”
But ~ at least in driving ~ negligence can be deadly! So I’m thinking, “Be alert, People! Do what you’re supposed to do so we all survive!”
Negligence is serious business. I’m thinking about areas of my life where I’ve been negligent, and how that might be affecting me in ways that I don’t fully understand. If I neglect to eat good foods for long periods of time, will that destroy my health? If I neglect to hit the gym for weeks on end, will that destroy my fitness? If I neglect time with God, will that affect my spiritual sensitivities?
Negligence is the opposite of prudence, which is discretion in practical affairs of life. It involves careful management, discretion, forethought, and even circumspection. Whereas negligence is thoughtless and/or careless, prudence is thoughtful and careful.
Proverbs tells us that wisdom dwells with prudence (8:12; 16:21), and God demonstrated this to us. He  manifested His grace toward us in all wisdom and prudence (Eph. 1:8). In Isaiah 52:13, God’s “servant” (Jesus) was  described as prudent, and indeed, He exemplified careful, prudent thinking and actions (Matt. 21:24-27; 22: 15-21).
  • 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!



One Response to “The Rewards of Prudence”

  1. Krystal Kid December 9, 2010 at 12:46 pm #

    80% percent of all rear end collisions (the most frequent vehicle accident) are caused by driver distractions. I doubt if we’ll ever stop the madness so I got one of these from – to reduce whiplash and protect my family.

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