Nearly all of us can relate to the gut-wrenching feeling of stopping your vehicle shy of hitting the luxury car in front of you. Hearts race amidst the screeching of brake pads on rotors and faint odor of a substance burning. Although you want to blame the innocent driver in front of you for their role in the incident, you can’t. It was most certainly your ill-timed response to your best friend’s text message or valiant attempt to eat an entire value meal from behind the wheel that caused all of the mayhem. You’ve just had a close call.
Nobody enjoys assuming ownership for poorly calculated judgment calls, regardless of the predicament. Proverbs 4:14-15 reads: “Do not set foot on the path of the wicked or walk in the way of evil men. Avoid it, do not travel on it; turn from it and go on your way.” Close calls are avoided when we exercise the necessary amount of wisdom to avoid precarious situations from the start. So whether it means taking a few extra moments to eat with your car in park, waiting to text until you reach your destination or avoiding whatever thing/place brings near destruction to your life, consider the path you’re taking before walking it.