Posted by Martino Britt
I find myself saying this more and more as I am driving these days. According to the Missouri Revised Statutes, Chapter 300, Model Traffic Ordinance, Section 300.270 “The driver of a vehicle approaching a yield sign if required for safety to stop shall stop before entering the crosswalk on the near side of the intersection or, in the event there is no crosswalk, at a clearly marked stop line, but if none, then at the point nearest the intersecting roadway where the driver has a view of approaching traffic on the intersecting roadway.”
Why is it then that few people obey these signs? These signs are clearly installed for safety reasons, yet few people actually YIELD when they approach a YIELD sign.
I come upon this thought because this is how many people live their lives today. A lot of people are zooming so fast through life they do not see it necessary to obey the YIELD signs they encounter. Sometimes, I am in line at the grocery store, and I hear people complaining about how slow the cashier moves. What is the rush? Wherever you are going will still be there when you get finished paying for your items, get in your car, and drive there.
This leads me to something else, the Holiday Season. I noticed the day after Halloween that some stores put up their Christmas decorations. Whoa, I guess retailers cannot afford to miss out on advertising any one of the 50+ days between Halloween and Christmas. This time of year used to be really special to me, now it is less so. People all ask one another what they want for Christmas.
I do not think that is what this time of year is about. We all should be thinking about ways in which we can help our fellow man. Maybe there is a family that needs help with their utilities or maybe even buying food. I think that is what this time of year is about—helping others. I wrote this post to emphasize that we need to slow down this holiday season and obey the YIELD signs in our life. Take a minute to think about the reason we celebrate this season and think about what He would want us to do.
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