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Don't Get Distracted                        September 17, 2014

Dear friends,

Have you ever had the feeling that no matter how much you do it will never be
good enough?  We live in a society filled with rules and expectations.  We are told
the rules are there to protect us, I sometimes get the feeling that they are really
there to trip us up.

Take the law against distracted driving for example.  I was coming back from New
London one day this week when my phone beeped.  I glanced at the phone and saw
a message from someone I had been trying to reach.

I found a spot where I could pull off the road and safely make the call.  A few
minutes later a police officer pulled up behind me.  He knocked on my window and
asked me if there was a problem.  I told him my story and he said, "Put the phone
down.  The call can wait.  You are not supposed to be using the phone while you
are in your vehicle."

I am not exactly sure of the distracted driving law, So I did as he said.  I smiled at
him and said, "thank you."  I drove away feeling guilty at first but that turned into
a bit of righteous anger.  I could have easily made the call while I was driving.  I
did what I thought was the right thing instead.  It didn't matter.  I was still called
out by the officer.

Over the years I have come to realize that following Christ can be filled with just
as many such moments.  No matter how hard you try to do what is right, people will
find fault with what you are doing.  They will interpret the law in their own way.  
My advice is to do the right thing anyway.

The only one that we should be trying to please is God.  So honor and worship
God.  Love your neighbors and share with them the grace you have been given.
Reach out and help someone up.  When someone calls you out, simply smile and
say "thank you."  Then give it to God and move on.

God bless!  See you in church.
Cal