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Driving while distracted has been blamed for a growing number of accidents and highway deaths over the past few years. Typical concerns are talking on the cell phone, changing the radio station, or texting. A fifty-seven year old California woman may be the champion of driving while distracted. Kathy Smith says she routinely puts nylons on behind the wheel, and often drives with her knees so she can balance her cell phone and note-taking. Smith says when her daughter was young, she sometimes ran so late, she left the house in pajamas, and was fully dressed by the time she arrived at work. Smith said her proudest moment was making an entire salad behind the wheel with everything including knives, cutting board, veggies, pasta, and mayo on her way to a funeral. Smith told an ABC reporter, “I’m really good.”

Tom Vanderbilt , author of a best-selling book about distracted driving says people have been concerned about distraction ever since radios were installed in cars. He says cell phones and texting consume significantly more “mental resources.” He says texting may be the “perfect storm” because it involves visual, tactile, and cognitive distraction. Vanderbilt said, “One psychologist mentioned to me he was surprised it would even be a source of study. ‘What’s next?’ he joked, “’studying the effects of driving while blindfolded?’”

--From Making Salad to Getting Dressed – What Are Drivers Doing Behind the Wheel?, http://abcnews.go.com/US/driving-distracted-making-salads-dressed/story?id=8826910; October 15, 2009,

The same thing that is true for driving is true for the way we live our life. We are a distracted generation. With so much at stake, why would anyone allow themselves to be so distracted?

Philippians 3:12-14 (CEV) “I have not yet reached my goal, and I am not perfect. But Christ has taken hold of me. So I keep on running and struggling to take hold of the prize. (13) My friends, I don't feel that I have already arrived. But I forget what is behind, and I struggle for what is ahead. (14) I run toward the goal, so that I can win the prize of being called to heaven. This is the prize that God offers because of what Christ Jesus has done.”

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