Here in the state of Washington, a new cell-phone-while-driving law went into effect a couple months ago. While I haven’t talked to anyone who believes cell phones and driving are a good marriage, there’s a piece of this law that’s sparked a bit of controversy.
You’re not allowed to even look at your phone. Ever. (Unless it’s mounted and displaying a map.) Even while stopped at a stoplight.
I must plead “guilty” to the charge of peaking at my phone at a stop light. Since the new law went into effect, I’ve been intentional about not looking.
Not looking at my phone has had some unexpected positive benefits.
I have noticed more of what’s around me. I’ve paid attention to the people in other cars. I’ve prayed more. I’ve experienced the simple joy of peaceful silence. (That last one deserves a post of its own.)
Over the last few weeks, I had a thought…
What if I intentionally used that stoplight time?”
God also brought a common set of verses to my mind…
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
What if we combined the two? What if you and I used the stoplight as a “trigger” to take one of the three actions mentioned in 1 Thessalonians 5:16, 17, and 18? [Read more…] about What Do Your Bible and a Stoplight Have In Common?