Traffic has been an interesting experience for me this past week. On Monday and Tuesday my normal 20 minute commute into the office in the morning turned into 45 minutes. Those situations give me an opportunity to work on my patience and self-control! The traffic situation improved considerably on Wednesday. Then as I was driving north on Buckner there was a bright yellow Mazda Protégé hatchback that zoomed up into the lane next to me. It was immediately noticeable because of its color, the speed it was going and because it started tailgating the car in front of it. There couldn’t have been more than 3-4 feet of space between them. I thought how foolish that driver was and then I noticed something else. The front end of the Mazda had damage from an obvious collision in the past. I have a pretty good suspicion of how the damage got there! Yet here the driver was engaging in behavior that could easily result in another accident. It seems that some people have a hard time learning from their mistakes. Most of us know people, perhaps even family members and friends, who show this tendency. They engage in detrimental behaviors that cause damage to themselves and to those who care for them. Instead of learning to avoid or control the behaviors, they choose to continue them. In some cases there are extenuating circumstances that explain improper behavior in a person’s life. But in the majority of cases, it is the person’s choice. This tendency to engage in detrimental behaviors is especially damaging for an individual’s spiritual life. It can be seen first in Adam and Eve when they chose to follow their own desires instead of God’s instruction. It can be seen in many cases in the Old Testament with the nation of Israel when they chose to follow their own desires instead of God’s instruction. Isaiah 65:1-7 is a good summary of God’s experience with them. Instead of learning from the mistakes of being unfaithful to God by their ancestors they continued to repeat them and suffered great punishment as a result. When people choose to follow their own ways in religious faith and practice, instead of following God’s ways, then they are always going to be headed for trouble. The trouble may not come until eternity. As Jesus says in Matthew 7:21-23, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many deeds of power in your name?’ Then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; go away from me, you evildoers.’” Be wise enough to learn from the mistakes of people we see in the Bible. Follow God’s instruction and be faithful so you can have eternity in Heaven with Him!