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“Oh, that my people would listen to me, that Israel would walk in my ways!” (Psalm 81:13 KJV) The more I am around children, the more I use the word “listen.” When I teach: Please listen. Listen carefully. Listen to the instructions. Look at me and listen. I have learned that nothing strains my patience and dances on my last nerve like being ignored. When my students don’t listen, the classroom gets chaotic, I get frustrated, we lose order, and we aren’t productive. Yet, I have to understand that these are children. Distractions are constant, and from their perspective, it’s…

Life Reference: Luke 10:38-42 Focus Verse: “But Martha was distracted . . .” (Luke 10:40 NKJV). The car was slightly ahead of me and one lane over. Or, rather, it was one lane over part of the time. The vehicle would drift over the line to the right and then back to the left. Right, left, and right again. The driver’s disregard for lane markings was unnerving to those of us nearby. Was the driver drunk, I wondered? It was still early in the day. Then I realized the more likely answer—he was distracted by his cell phone. It was…