40 Days to a Better Me: Day 14–Mind the Gap

It was late on a Saturday night in London. I had just traversed through teeming multitudes at Piccadilly Circus chaperoning a group of American High School students in my care. That in itself is another story. The day was long and I was spent. It was time to return them back to the dormitories they were staying at in Hackney. But tonight rather than using the tour buses we had been riding, we opted in favor of taking London public transportation. We rode the tube!

You have not really seen London unless you have travelled via the tube! It is an experience! The tube is the name given to the subway system of London, the oldest subway system in the world. Each day nearly four million passengers purchase their tickets, walk to the station platforms and get on board. And at every station there is a digital recording played as you enter and exit your train—“Please mind the gap.” You have probably seen that phrase on T-shirts and other tube paraphernalia, but didn’t know what it really means.

An unsafe gap is created when a straight car stops at a curved platform. In the absence of a device to automatically fill the gap some form of visual and auditory warning was needed to prevent passengers from being caught unawares and suffering injury by stepping into the wide gap. Thus you see the warning signs and hear the recording. The warning is meant to make passengers aware of the void and prevent them from falling into it. So, that when one hears the warning, they look down to watch their step.

In life it is easy to get distracted and not pay attention to what is going on around you. Everyday millions of people traverse through life and never notice what is taking place all around them. They find themselves living lives of quiet desperation never becoming what they were divinely designed to be. They have fallen head long into the void and need to get out!

The void is that dark place that appears to be a hopeless abyss. There is no light and there appears to be no way out of it. But it is just an illusion. It is an illusion that will keep you from getting to where you want to be because it keeps your focus downward rather than upward.

Turn your focus up and away from the void and you will begin to see opportunities to move from where you are to where you want to be. It is not that far out of your reach and by keeping your focus on the desired goal and you will avoid the pitfalls of the gap.

Diligence is essential to you becoming a better person. Diligence to your goals hopes and dreams. The Apostle Paul said to “walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise” (Ephesians 5:15). Circumspectly is translated from a Greek word meaning to walk cautiously, sensitively, as one who would be walking through thorny terrain. He was emphasizing that we only have a limited amount of time given to us. Life is too valuable to spend getting caught in the void. So everyday be diligent about who you are and what you were placed on this planet to do. Everyday be sure to mind the gap!

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~ by DanielToops.com on March 25, 2011.

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