Luke 10:38-42 Distracted Driving JUMC 20130721

distracted-drivingNow as they went on their way, he entered a certain village, where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to what he was saying. But Martha was distracted by her many tasks; so she came to him and asked, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell her then to help me.” But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; there is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her.” [NRSV]

The statistics for driving while distracted are incredibly alarming. The issues of distracted driving are three fold, (St Farm site)

1. Visual – removes a driver’s eyes off the road

2. Manual – removes a driver’s hands off the steering wheel

3. Cognitive – removes a driver’s mind off the driving task

2013 National Safety council counts over half million accidents related to distracted driving this year.

How big is the problem? (CDC site)


In 2011, 3,331 people were killed in crashes involving a distracted driver, compared to 3,267 in 2010. An additional, 387,000 people were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver in 2011, compared to 416,000 people injured in 2010.1

In 2010, nearly one in five crashes (18%) in which someone was injured involved distracted driving.1

In June 2011, more than 196 billion text messages were sent or received in the US, up nearly 50% from June 2009.1 CDC Distracted Driving Study Talking on a cell phone while driving • 69% of drivers in the United States ages 18-64 reported that they had talked on their cell phone while driving within the 30 days Texting or emailing while driving • 31% of U.S. drivers ages 18-64 reported that they had read or sent text messages or email messages while driving at least once within the 30 days before they were surveyed. What are the risk factors? • Some activities—such as texting—take the driver’s attention away from driving more frequently and for longer periods than other distractions.4 • Younger, inexperienced drivers under the age of 20 may be at increased risk; they have the highest proportion of distraction-related fatal crashes.4 • Texting while driving is linked with drinking and driving or riding with someone who has been drinking among high school students in the United States, according to a CDC study that analyzed self-report data from the 2011 national Youth Risk Behavior Survey. Students who reported engaging in risky driving behaviors said that they did so at least once in the 30 days prior to the survey.5

Key findings from the study revealed that:

Nearly half of all U.S. high school students aged 16 years or older text or email while driving. o Students who text while driving are nearly twice as likely to ride with a driver who has been drinking and five times as likely to drink and drive than students who don’t text while driving.

Students who frequently text while driving are more likely to ride with a drinking driver or drink and drive than students who text while driving less frequently.5

We are not fussing at our Young Drivers alone… No one is qualified to be a distracted driver.

Our text today is about Martha, who is a distracted Disciple.

She is busy. She is hospitable. She is working, hard. She is doing everything she can, except listen to Jesus. There are many ways that our being good disciples can get in the way of being attentive to the presence of Christ.

Here are some of the Risk Factors

Serving without praying

Speaking without listening to God

Planning without studying the Word

Attending while assuming I’ve prayed, listened and studied enough..

Helping without making the connection with those served why we are serving Christ in serving them.

What about Mary? (Martha’s assumptions)

She is doing nothing helpful

She is does not care for the burden that Martha has assumed

She is not running around even looking busy

Mary is wasting her time.

The So What!

Who is driving your Discipleship? Are you so busy with Work that you cannot find Christ is as close as your home and family? Are you so divided from your family because agendas are in different directions? Are you so consumed that you know what is best that even Christ in your own home could not break through? The Good News Jesus is with us here Christ is with us at home God meets us on the road and wants to come into our hearts The Holy Spirit longs for our attention Stop. Look and Listen… Christ is with us, pay attention while Christ is near..

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