Monday, September 7, 2009

Rules for the road

"All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work."
2 Timothy 3:16-18 (NIV)

"You're bold walking with your back to traffic," observed the passerby.

Every dedicated walker knows the importance of practicing safety tips when walking on public roadways. Helping make one more visible, walkers should keep to the side of the road facing oncoming traffic, walk single file, wear bright color clothing, and so on.

These directives assume, of course, passing motorists are attentive as well, i.e., not exceeding posted speed limits, consoling upset children in the vehicle's backseat, sending text messages, or conducting cell phone conversations while changing the radio dial to a favorite station. I believe an emphatic "NOT" would be appropriate at this point. But, I digress.

My fellow walker's comment was valid as I was, indeed, not walking facing oncoming traffic. She was unaware, however, that having considered the narrow two-lane road ahead of me with minimal shoulder area and impending sharp turn creating a potential motorist blind spot, I had intentionally crossed over to the "wrong side" just a minute earlier.

Adhering to rules of safety when walking outdoors is wise. It helps keep everyone free of injury. More importantly, however, is applying wisdom for good living.

Introduction of the internet in the mid-1990s resulted in an explosion of available information and services, the likes of which we have never seen before. With a click of a computer mouse, we have access to content in virtually every aspect of modern human life; more data and material than we could ever read in ten lifetimes, must less one. One search alone of "good living" produced 1.7 million results, all suggesting ways for better living, being happier, or enjoying a successful life.

When it comes to offering truth and wisdom for living good, however, only one book continues to stand the test of time--the Bible. God chose devout men and inspired them to write His message to us; revealing His love through the accounts of real people, real places, and real times in history. Not merely a collection of principles for daily living, a textbook that answers every possible question we may have, or a resource that predicts every last detail about the future, the central and most important teaching in the Bible is the good news of God's gift of salvation through Jesus Christ.

Feeling bold? Let's turn our backs to the noise of our information-cluttered society. Everything God wants us to know about Himself is contained in His Word; and through the Scriptures, the Holy Spirit reveals truth and gives wisdom. Truly, God's Word is a lamp to our feet and a light for our path. (Psalm 119:105).

Blessings, dear friend.
Faithfully Following

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