The (Very) Expired License Plates

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A police officer pulled over a Louisiana driver. He had expired plates. We’re not talking by a couple of months. We’re not even talking about a couple of years. These were plates that had expired back in 1997! When questioned about these very expired plates, the driver responded, “Sorry, officer. I’ve been busy lately and totally forgot to renew my vehicle registration” (NBC).

Either this guy has a schedule of astronomical proportions and needs to seriously lighten his load, or he wasn’t quite as busy as he led the officer to believe. No matter, it’s hilarious that the “busy” card was used here.

Before we go pointing fingers, however, let’s take a closer look at ourselves. How often in conversation do we bring up just how busy we’ve been lately? Our busyness is part of our normal conversation flow. The reality is, everyone’s busy. Everyone has a hectic schedule. Everyone feels loaded down. Everyone feels like they aren’t able to accomplish certain tasks because of their busy lives.

Sadly, when we get “busy,” it’s almost always the spiritual that takes the back seat.

We seem to find the time to take the kids to a million practices, games, and activities, but we don’t seem to be able to find time to help them with their spiritual race (1 Corinthians 9:24-27).

We seem to find the time to binge-watch Netflix or Disney+ for 4 hours, but can’t seem to find time to do a deep binge study on a book of the Bible (Psalm 90:12).

We seem to find the time to browse through our phones for hours, but can’t seem to find time to browse Scripture (2 Timothy 3:14-17). Have you looked at your “Screen Time” numbers?

We seem to find time to hang out with friends, but can’t seem to find the time to talk with the almighty Lord of the Universe (Psalm 141:2).

We seem to find time to put in extra hours towards work or school, but can’t seem to find to put in extra hours outside of worship towards the Lord’s church (Galatians 6:10).

Perhaps the problem isn’t a lack of time, but a lack of proper priorities. We seem to be running towards this world like it’s heaven, and running away from heaven like it’s this world (Matthew 6:25-34). What good does it do if we succeed in this world but forfeit heaven (Mark 8:36-37)?

Let’s be real. One of the worst statements we could say at the Judgment would be: “Sorry, God. I’ve been busy lately and totally forgot to work on my relationship with You.” So let’s adjust our priorities.

Have we been too busy for God? It’s time for a change.

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