Stop, Look and Listen

>> Thursday, June 30, 2011

Do you remember the railroad crossing signs that urged us to Stop, Look and Listen? Not only cars, but people were to stop before crossing the tracks. Yet people continue to think they can beat the train and try to cross in front of the passing train … thus resulting in their death or disability.

What about the look part? After stopping a distance away from the tracks, we were to look both ways, searching for the telltale headlight of on oncoming train. Yet there are those who still think they can beat it and end up dead or dismembered.

And then there was the instruction to listen. That is why the train blows its whistle at the intersection. If the stop and look part didn’t work, maybe the listen would cause the observer to stop before crossing.

When you arrive at a train crossing, you are required to make a decision.

Some decisions we face in life are as dangerous as a railroad crossing. Those decisions can impact our well-being, career or relationships. If we follow the Stop, Look and Listen philosophy, we have a far better chance of reaching the other side of the crossing safely.

If we stop long enough to gather the needed information, we can make a much better decision. But the stopping needs to occur before we are on the tracks. It is just as important to look before moving onto the tracks. We must consider possible outcomes that will affect more than just us. We need to understand the options, risks and consequences if we choose to cross over. And then we need to listen to advice of others before we make a major decision. We need to hear their experiences and how the crossing affected them.

Have you arrived at a railroad crossing in your life? Take the time to Stop, Look and Listen.

“Cry out for insight and ask for understanding.” Proverbs 2:3 (NLT)


Anonymous,  September 9, 2014 at 10:55 AM  

Thanks, Joy. I had mentioned the Stop, Look and Listen expression in a talk with friends in Berlin this past Saturday evening, I have just found your blog on the expression, and have shared the link on my Facebook page. Continued success to you. Dan Flynn, Verviers, Belgium

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