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Here is the Daily Dose for Tuesday, May 26, 2020.
You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you because he trusts in you. Isaiah 26:3
When I was a teen my aunt gifted me with driving lessons for Christmas right after my sixteenth birthday. I couldn’t be more excited to hit the streets and learn how to drive. My driving instructor, Mr. Janiski was a kind and patient man who said he had one assignment with me. He told me his assignment was not to teach me how to drive, it was to teach me how to pass my driver’s test. So we spent the bulk of our time not on the highways or practicing my “k” turns, or even negotiating left turns in traffic. Mr. Janiski told me most people who fail their driving test fail because they don’t parallel park well.
You see in New York, there was one rule with your driving road test, don’t hit the curb. If you hit the curb when you parallel park it was an automatic fail. So Mr. Janiski and I spent hours making sure I knew exactly how to parallel park. I had gotten so good at it that I was able to do it with one hand, on the left or right side of the car. On my final lesson before my driver’s test, I wasn’t paying attention and committed the cardinal sin. I was parking and hit the curb. Mr. Janiski looked me in the eyes and said, “You just failed.” I realized that I had gotten so confident in what I could do that I had stopped concentrating on what I had been taught. So the next day, I humbly took my test, and when it came time to parallel park, I blocked out all distractions and decided to concentrate on what I was taught.
Friends, it is easy to let your mind wander. There are times when our minds wander because we are overconfident and are not concentrating on what we are doing because we think we have it. There are also times when our minds wander because we are frightened, worried, or frustrated by things that are beyond our control. Any of these cases has the potential to make you miss out on things in life simply because you were not paying close enough attention. To get all that God has for you, you have to focus your thought and concentrate on him at all times. When we keep our thoughts on the Lord we are given perfect peace because we know that in God there is no failure and we will always succeed with him as our focus. So make sure as you go through the day that you concentrate so that you don’t fail.