by Clayton King:
On one of my many trips to India, I saw a horrible sight that I still remember. It was the remains of a head-on collision between two trains. The wreckage had simply been moved to the side of the tracks to rust in the hot Indian sun. As our train passed the carnage, I wondered how many people had lost their lives in the crash.
That train wreck could have been avoided. Someone somewhere made a mistake that left a trail of dead bodies. The same thing is true for our own lives. Some of us are headed for destruction and we don't even know it. The key is to examine the habits, routines, and patterns that characterize our lives and ask ourselves where we will end up if we stay on the same track.
Here are 10 tell-tale signs that a train wreck is coming in your life:
1. You think you are always the victim and everyone else is out to get you, take advantage of you, or do you wrong. It's always someone else's fault.
2. You are lazy, apathetic, and lethargic. You stay up way too late and have no problem sleeping until noon on any given day. You have no work ethic.
3. You spend a majority of your time and your money entertaining yourself--music, video games, fancy meals, clubs, parties, cars, clothes, etc.
4. You're constantly surrounded by drama, either yours or someone else's. Drama follows you around and you thrive on it.
5. You never finish anything; school, jobs, projects, relationships. You start things gung-ho, but never stick with anything to see it through.
6. Most of your friends have no ambition in life or are cynical, idealistic, and hyper-critical...and you are ok with that.
7. You blow up over small things, get angry with strangers, and are prone to emotional outbursts. You have no emotional self-control.
8. You jump in and out of romantic relationships rapidly, fall in love easily and quickly lose interest in the pursuit of someone else.
9. You spend more than 4 hours a day watching TV, surfing the internet, or fiddling with Facebook while avoiding real, face to face interaction with people.
10. You never listen to people older or wiser than you or you purposefully avoid friendships with people who will lovingly challenge or confront habits in your life that are unhealthy.
My prayer is that if you see any of these signs in your life, you will consider how you might turn things around by being honest with yourself and attacking the unhealthy, destructive behavior or pattern head-on. By God's grace, we all have the power to change. Avoid the train wreck before it's too late.
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