"Confused at Four-Way Stops Signs?" - by Rev. Weldon Bares


When we are driving, we sometimes find ourselves at a four-way stop sign. Sometimes drivers get a bit confused at these intersections, as to whose turn it is. They get extra confused if they are talking on a cell phone or texting, which seems to happen quite often.

Now it’s one thing to talk on the cell phone when driving. It is quite another thing to try to navigate your way through a crowded four-way stop when talking on the phone. It is virtually impossible to concentrate on two different things at the same time. And so because of that, four-way stops can become quite chaotic.

In the same way, spiritual distractions can also be dangerous for us. Losing our focus is never a good thing. Confucius taught, “A man who chases two rabbits catches neither.”

Winston Churchill famously said, “You will never reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog that barks.”

The Apostle Paul said it like this, “This one thing I do, forgetting what lies behind and pressing forward to what lies ahead.” (Philippians 3:13)

I pray that God will help us today to stay focused on what really counts in life. May God help us to not lose focus, and to stick to one thing until it is done . . . and also, perhaps, to stay off our cell phones at four-way stops!