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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Risk (05/17/12)

TITLE: Privilege and Peril of Driving
By Frances Seymour


As time draws nearer to what would have been my sister’s 50th birthday, I’m reminded of the consequences that come with the responsibility of driving an automobile. As actively alert human beings, we have a tendency to make plans for the long haul as if we are going to reside here in this place for many, many years. Can you relate? And yet, life as we know it could end tomorrow. I know this is an uncanny thought—but, one filled with tremendous truth. The person on the other side of town, just like my young sister years ago, was involved in an automobile accident yesterday, and had great plans for tomorrow. The young mother, the brilliant teenager—even the happy toddler--all of their lives were undoubtedly filled with hopes and dreams.

But in a moment—a split second, that one single decision that was made—perhaps the desire to ride down to Wal-Mart, or to the grocery store. Maybe they were simply driving home from work just like any other day. But that one decision and the timing that incurred ushered in the end of life on earth for that individual. Think about that.

Truth is, every time you and I get behind the wheel of our own automobile, we are taking a chance. Will we return home to our earthly residence or will we awaken to a new dawn in eternity? Life is like a roller coaster—filled with ups and downs. The dawning of a different day can usher in new sounds. So, make the best of each day by filling it with love and laughter. Since no one knows what tomorrow will bring, but the certainty of Hereafter.

For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down (that is, when we die and leave this earthly body), we will have a house in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God himself and not by human hands. 1 Corinthians 5:1

Having lost my sister over ten years ago to this unexpected fate, I realize all too often the dire consequences that may come along with the privilege of driving.

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Dannie Hawley 05/24/12
Powerful truth, beautifully written.
Marina Rojas05/24/12
A good reminder to live in the here and now because that's all that is promised to us.

I thought this would make a good short piece in a series of statements about living for our promised moments.

Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 05/24/12
This is a powerful piece. One does take on great responsibility every time we get behind the wheel. I'm sorry for your pain. But I pray this piece will make a huge difference for someone.
C D Swanson 05/26/12
My heart goes out to you my friend for the loss of your sister. Your story will remain in my heart, and I will remember this long after I've finished reading it. Thank you for sharing this painful piece of your life.

God Bless you~
Noel Mitaxa 05/26/12
Very thought-provoking work, in which you have avoided any morbid mindset despite the depth of pain that would hit you whenever you hear of another road fatality. Instead, you've brought us a positive challenge, so well done.
Edmond Ng 05/27/12
Something for all of us to think about, yet not without comfort in the assurance of salvation and life eternal through Christ Jesus our Lord. Thank you for sharing this. The Lord bless you and keep you.
Denene Humphrey05/28/12
I handle claims for a large auto insurance carrier, and although I don't know exactly how you feel about your sister, I do know exactly what you mean. I speak to people everyday whose lives have been forever changed by an auto accident and my heart always goes out to them. It is a great risk and awesome responsibility to get behind the wheel of a car. I am sorry for your loss. This article made me think, once again, to always drive with others in mind. Thank you for sharing your heart.
Leola Ogle 05/29/12
Very sobering entry. I'm sure we've all been effected by someone we know or love that's been involved in an automobile accident. So sorry about the loss of your sister. Thanks for sharing. God bless!