The Room

There is some debate as to who wrote this story but it is VERY powerful none the less! Please read it and pass it on!

 

 “THE ROOM”
In that place between wakefulness and dreams, I found myself in the room.
There were no distinguishing features except for the one wall covered with small index card files.
They were like the ones in libraries that list titles by author or subject in alphabetical order.
But these files, which stretched from floor to ceiling and seemingly endless in either direction, had very different headings.
As I drew near the wall of files, the first to catch my attention was one that read “ Girls I Have Liked.”
I opened it and began flipping through the cards.
I quickly shut it, shocked to realize that I recognized the names written on each one.
And then without being told, I knew exactly where I was.
This lifeless room with its small files was a crude catalog system for my life.
Here were written the actions of my every moment, big and small, in a detail my memory couldn’t match.
A sense of wonder and curiosity, coupled with horror, stirred within me as I began randomly opening files and exploring their content.
Some brought joy and sweet memories; others a sense of shame and regret so intense that I would look over my shoulder to see if anyone was watching.
A file named “ Friends” was next to one marked “ Friends I Have Betrayed.”
The titles ranged from the mundane to the outright weird.
“ Books I Have Read,” “ Lies I Have Told,” ” Comfort I have Given,” ” Jokes I Have Laughed At.”
Some were almost hilarious in their exactness: “ Things I’ve Yelled at My Brothers.”
Others I couldn’t laugh at: “ Things I Have Done in My Anger”, “
Things I Have Muttered Under My Breath at My Parents.”
  I never ceased to be surprised by the contents.
Often there were many more cards than expected.
Sometimes fewer than I hoped.
I was overwhelmed by the sheer volume of the life I had lived.
Could it be possible that I had the time in my years to fill each of these thousands or even millions of cards?
But each card confirmed this truth.
Each was written in my own handwriting.
Each signed with my signature.
When I pulled out the file marked “ TV Shows I Have Watched,” I realized the files grew to contain their contents..
The cards were packed tightly, and yet after two or three yards, I hadn’t found the end of the file.
I shut it, shamed, not so much by the quality of shows but more by the vast time I knew that file represented.
When I came to a file marked “ Lustful Thoughts,” I felt a chill run through my body.
I pulled the file out only an inch, not willing to test its size, and drew out a card.
I shuddered at its detailed content.
I felt sick to think that such a moment had been recorded.
An almost animal rage broke on me.
One thought dominated my mind: No one must ever see these cards!
No one must ever see this room!
I have to destroy them!”
In insane frenzy I yanked the file out.
Its size didn’t matter now.
I had to empty it and burn the cards.
But as I took it at one end and began pounding it on the floor, I could not dislodge a single card.
I became desperate and pulled out a card, only to find it as strong as steel when I tried to tear it.
Defeated and utterly helpless, I returned the file to its slot.
Leaning my forehead against the wall, I let out a long, self-pitying sigh.
  And then I saw it.
The title bore “People I Have Shared the Gospel With.”
The handle was brighter than those around it, newer, almost unused.
I pulled on its handle and a small box not more than three inches long fell into my hands.
I could count the cards it contained on one hand.
And then the tears came.
I began to weep.
Sobs so deep that they hurt.
They started in my stomach and shook through me.
I fell on my knees and cried.
I cried out of shame, from the overwhelming shame of it all.
The rows of file shelves swirled in my tear-filled eyes.
No one must ever, ever know of this room.
I must lock it up and hide the key.
But then as I pushed away the tears, I saw Him.
No, please not Him.
Not here.
Oh, anyone but Jesus.
I watched helplessly as He began to open the files and read the cards.
I couldn’t bear to watch His response.
And in the moments I could bring myself to look at His face, I saw a sorrow deeper than my own.
He seemed to intuitively go to the worst boxes.
Why did He have to read every one?
Finally He turned and looked at me from across the room.
He looked at me with pity in His eyes.
But this was a pity that didn’t anger me.
I dropped my head, covered my face with my hands and began to cry again.
He walked over and put His arm around me.
He could have said so many things.
But He didn’t say a word.
He just cried with me.
Then He got up and walked back to the wall of files.
Starting at one end of the room, He took out a file and, one by one, began to sign His name over mine on each card.
“No!” I shouted rushing to Him.
All I could find to say was “No, no,” as I pulled the card from Him.
His name shouldn’t be on these cards.
But there it was, written in red so rich, so dark, and so alive.
The name of Jesus covered mine.
It was written with His blood.
He gently took the card back He smiled a sad smile and began to sign the cards.
I don’t think I’ll ever understand how He did it so quickly, but the next instant it seemed I heard Him close the last file and walk back to my side.
He placed His hand on my shoulder and said, “It is finished.”
I stood up, and He led me out of the room.
There was no lock on its door.
There were still cards to be written.

 

 If you feel the same way forward it to as many people as you can so the love of Jesus will touch their lives also.

My “ People I Shared the Gospel With” file just got bigger, how about yours?

IF THERE IS ONE BLOG POST THAT I HAVE READ THAT NEEDS TO GO AROUND THE WORLD, IT IS THIS ONE, PLEASE PASS THIS TO EVERY ONE YOU KNOW,
CHRISTIAN OR NOT!
“LET’S FILL OUR OWN FILE CARD” AND MAY GOD BLESS YOU ALL!
You don’t have to share this with anybody, no one will know whether you did or not, but you will know and so will He.

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Texting While Driving: Not All It’s Cracked Up to Be

 

 I know this is not my normal type of post but it is very important! Please tell all your friends about it and spread the word about safe driving.

    According to foxnew.com, “A report from the University of Utah says ‘When motorists between the ages of 18 and 25 talk on cell phones, they drive like elderly people – moving and reacting more slowly and increasing their risk of accidents.’ ‘If you put a 20-year-old driver behind the wheel with a cell phone, his reaction times are the same as a 70-year-old driver,’ said David Strayer, a University of Utah psychology professor and principal author of the study. ‘It’s like instant aging.” The report goes on the explain that the difference is only a matter of milliseconds, but it could mean the difference between hitting a child in the road or not.

   The statistics and studies about teens and texting while driving are shocking and down-right scary. In 2007, driver distractions, such as using a cellphone or texting, contributed to nearly 1,000 crashes involving 16-17 year old drivers. According to a 2011 Distracted Driving study over 37% of drivers have sent or received text messages while driving, and 18% said they do it regularly. Over 60% of American teens admit to risky driving, and nearly 50% of those specifically admit to texting behind wheel. Teens say that texting is their number one driver distraction. Over one-third of all young drivers, 24 and under, are texting on the road. Interestingly enough, in March 2012 the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety released “Distracted Driving Among Newly Licensed Teen Drivers,” an in-car video study that found that teenage girls are two times more likely than teenage boys to use cellphones and other electronic devices while driving; and that of all cellphone related tasks – including talking, dialing, or reaching for phone – texting while driving is the most dangerous.

     As important as these facts are to know, it is not enough to know the problem is there. Here are some facts about the effects of the problem. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among 15-20-year-olds. Teen drivers are four times more likely than adults to get into car crashes or near crash events directly related to talking on cells or texting. Around 6,000 deaths and half a million injuries are caused by distracted driving each year. Each year, 21% of fatal car crashes involving teens ages 16-19 were the result of cellphone usage. This result has been expected to grow as much as 4% each year. Sadly, according to the Insurance Information Institute, a survey released by State Farm in April 2012 found that “Many teens continue to engage in texting behind the wheel even though aware of the dangers.” In the survey, conducted for State Farm by Harris Interactive, only 43% of drivers 16 or 17 years said that they had never texted while driving, the same percentage as in State Farm’s first survey two years ago. These staggering results do not seem to deter teens from texting while driving even though 76 % of teens ages 14-17 agree that motorists risk their lives by doing so and 93% believe that an accident is “inevitable among drivers who text.”

     There are efforts being made to fix the problem however. Texting is banned for all drivers in 39 states and the District of Columbia, and ten states and the District of Columbia have banned the use of hand-held cellphones all together while driving. Drivers with learner’s permits are restricted from the use of all cellphones in 32 states and the District of Columbia, and specifically banned from texting in 5 states, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

 

     Federally, the first attempt to legislate the use of handheld cellphones while driving came in 2002. There have been House and Senate bills presented regarding driving and cellphone use each year since, so far none have passed. Florida is one of 11 states without a ban on texting by all drivers, and Governor Rick Scott, a Conservative Republican, does not appear supportive of a handheld cell ban. In 2011, he vetoed a bill (HB 689) that would have required the Department of Motor Vehicles to provide education on the dangers of electronically distracted driving. According to the Gainesvillle Sun,“Florida lawmakers said that while they agreed the issue needs legislative attention, they would need more data and more details before considering a specific bill.” Does that mean they need more teens getting in crashes and dieing too?

   The problem is that even where there are restrictions, despite the known risks, the majority of teen drivers ignore them and text anyway. There are things that can be done to make a difference. First, if your state has no laws, encourage individual counties to make laws restricting or banning texting and cell-phone use. Second, start campaigns in schools, especially high schools, to show the effects and consequences of texting while driving. Create TV, internet and social media ads that catch the attention of teens and strongly make the point that texting while driving is dangerous and deadly.

  There are things I can do also to help challenge my friends to be safe drivers. First, start trying to be a positive influence to my friends when they are driving, encouraging them not to text while driving. Second, share statistics and reports on widely viewed medias showing the dangers of texting while driving. Third, start a local text free driving campaigns. Lastly, I could support legislation to ban texting while driving, especially for teens, and encourage politicians to push the bans.

   Each of us can do our part to encourage our friends and family, especially teens not to text while driving, and we can certainly make the decision for ourselves not to text while driving. Everyone, no matter if they are a teen or not, should make the safe choice and decide not to text while driving. We can all save lives.

  

Indipendance Day Thoughts

 

 Happy Independence Day!

  
 The Declaration of Independence was written mostly by Thomas Jefferson, one of America’s founding fathers and the second president of the United States. A while back, in my post called “In God We Trust,” I wrote of the foundation of faith that is the cornerstone of this nation. I also talked about how far from that heritage it has fallen, ending with a prayer that we would one day return to being a nation that trusts in God.

The Declaration of Independence mentions God four times. The first reference to God is “[T]he Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God…” This reference to God’s laws of nature and God’s laws for his people in Scripture. “The Laws of Nature” refer to things such as the laws of physics, Newton’s Laws, the laws of gravity etc. The second part, “…and of Nature’s God…” refers to the moral and spiritual laws given by God, such as the Ten Commandments, the Sacrificial laws, the Ceremonial laws etc. Their point, I believe, was that the Laws of Nature’s God should be just as important, binding, unchanging, and unending as those of Nature itself.

  The second reference, “[A]ll men are created equal, and are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable (cannot be taken away) Rights…” This statement can be seen in no other way than to refer to the Creator God spoken of in Genesis. These Unalienable Rights are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. The first is the right to life: God, as our Creator, is the One who gave us life. God, as our sustainer, is the only One who can truly keep us alive; and as such, is the only One with the true right and power to take it away. No man made himself or anyone else, so we have no right to take the life of himself or anyone else. Second, Liberty: the right granted to act as one sees fit, without fear of restraint or control, unless by the laws of nature which is a state of liberty not license. Lastly, the pursuit of happiness. According to William Blackstone our happiness is directly linked to God’s laws, and we can only be truly happy obeying Him. The Constitution was written, not to deny these rights, but to secure them and ensure they were and are unalienable. Since God created us, He gave us these Rights, and only He can take them away.

Third, “[A]ppealing to the Supreme Judge of the World, for the rectitude of our intentions…” referring to the God of the Bible who will reign Supreme as a Holy and Righteous Judge of the good and evil in this world. Rewarding the righteous with promised eternal life with Him in Heaven; and the evil with promised eternal damnation in hell with Satan. Jefferson is calling on God to Judge his life and guide his paths, to life eternal.

  Lastly, “[W]ith a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence…” This last reference envelopes several attributes of God; His Omniscience, Omnipresence, Sovereign control, great power, love for His people and many, many more. The LORD is our Protector, defender and sustainer. Without Him we are nothing, with Him we are everything.

These four references in the birth certificate of our great nation, serve as a firm, constant and poetic reminder of where we began and why we began this way. Jefferson, I am sure, hoped this nation would stay that way, but sadly, it did not. My prayer is that it will return there once again.