Psalm 90:12 (CEB)
12Teach us to number our days
so we can have a wise heart.
This past Monday, I got a call from my dad telling me my grandparents got into a car accident and that a truck had been driving recklessly. Hearing this, I immediately panicked. My mind began sorting, trying to picture a car accident or my grandparents in distress, but I couldn’t. All I could picture were the happy memories I shared with them. “Why was the driver being so reckless?” I thought. It was at that moment I realized life is a lot shorter than we think it is and we shouldn’t take a single moment for granted.
We should remember Psalm 90:12 when it tells us that we must be wise in remembering that we only have a short time. We must be wise with our decisions, because like the driver of the truck, we can’t take back what we have already done.
I feel too many people who drink and drive believe an accident simply won’t happen to them, but the truth is we have no way of knowing. All we can do is prevent it. Many weekends, I see people I know go out drinking and then drive home. Some kids tell me “Oh, it was fun. I wasn’t that drunk. Nothing happened.” I enjoy having fun with my friends, too, but drinking and driving is a poor choice that can shorten your days—or somebody else’s.
I want to set an example for others to follow. I want to be the person who says, “Hey, you shouldn’t drive.” I don’t want anyone to get injured in a car accident, like my grandparents did, because no one told the driver he had another choice. God gave us two amazing gifts: our lives and the ability to make wise decisions.
Think about the choices you make and how they could affect others. Texting and driving is one example. What are the wiser decisions God might want you to make?
The author is a high school student from Ridgefield, Connecticut.
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