I am sure we have all had that experience. The traffic on your side of the motorway slows down to a walking pace. As you creep along you realise there has been an accident on the other side of the motorway. Emergency Services are in attendance with blue lights flashing and so you simply have to get a good look at the incident and realise that on this occasion it’s only a small ding between two cars. Then, as soon as you get past the scene of the crash, the cars on your side of the road promptly speed up! The only reason that you had experienced a hold up was for no other reason than people being nosey at something that had nothing to do with them – from this type of road based interaction we get the phrase rubbernecking!
Recently at Freedom Church, we heard a prophetic word that challenged us about taking our eye off the ball and focussing on the wrong things – literally rubbernecking. We can so easily get consumed with life and the challenges that it brings that we can forget the why we are living in the first place. We end up working jobs we don’t enjoy without knowing why, we have relationships with people we don’t like without knowing why and we might even end up purchasing expensive items we don’t need without knowing why!
How do we do that?
We look at things that don’t concern us and start rubbernecking. It doesn’t just slow you down it’s potentially dangerous and can send your life on a different path from the one you are meant to be travelling on. It’s not that we slow down because we are looking at minor things that are not important, we can literally and figuratively have an accident or end up in a situation we never anticipated or becoming a person we never intended to be.
Stay focussed, don’t let your purpose in life and the direction that you are meant to be travelling be re-directed because you were rubbernecking at things you don’t need to waste your time on.
Proverbs 4:23-27 reminds us of this:
23 Guard your heart above all else,
for it determines the course of your life.
24 Avoid all perverse talk;
stay away from corrupt speech.
25 Look straight ahead,
and fix your eyes on what lies before you.
26 Mark out a straight path for your feet;
stay on the safe path.
27 Don’t get sidetracked;
keep your feet from following evil.