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Stop Riding the Brakes

Oh, that my ways were steadfast, so I may keep your statutes. ~ Psalm 119:5

It feels like I spent the last week of my life driving.  I drove I-95 from Richmond VA to Queens NY and back, plus all of the driving in NYC. And when I got back home, I had to do another drive to Washington DC and back. It was a lot, but I appreciated the time on the road because it gave me time to think and reflect on life.

On the way back to Richmond, somewhere in Maryland, I somehow managed to get behind this one driver who insisted on using brakes every few seconds. We were in the left lane and with the flow of traffic, I was stuck. After about two minutes of this, I put on my aggressive hat and managed to safely maneuver from behind him. Of course, there was no one in front him! He had no reason to keep putting his foot on the brake. 

The person who rode his brakes, caused me to have to use my brakes, and the person behind me had to also react accordingly. The truth is, the person in front of me was the leader and had the vision, but because he rode the brakes, he caused us danger. We had no way of knowing if there was traffic, if there was an accident, or if this person was going to come to a complete stop.

It gave me a thought. We cannot regulate our speed through life by putting on brakes. Just like it doesn’t work on the highway, it doesn’t work in life. Riding the brakes is an improper use of the tool. I can slow down and regulate my speed more effectively by easing off of the accelerator, letting go of excess baggage and not taking on too many projects at one time.

We all, in some areas of life, are leaders. We see things that the people behind us cannot see. We can slow down our acceleration and regulate the flow, but we cannot effectively lead by riding our brakes. How many times have I had people to follow my example and I got nervous and slammed on the brakes? How many times have I started a project and rode the brakes, never keeping a consistent speed? Is it any wonder that some would not want to drive behind me if I consistently ride the brakes?

I pray that God reveal to me areas where I have been riding the brakes. Something for me to meditate on while I enjoy my morning coffee.

ayokaboyceAyoka Boyce ~ Minister, Author, Blogger, Lover of Coffee

 

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