The Eventual Left

It’s happened to the majority of us all, at least to the majority of us who live out in the country. You’re driving along on the road and all of a sudden it happens. You get stuck behind a vehicle that has their turn signal on…blinkblinkblink. And after a mile or ten you realize they’re not actually interested in turning any time soon.

I have a name for this situation. It’s called the eventual left. They’re turning you know…that is eventually I think they are. Sound familiar?

One vehicle I got stuck behind drove for about ten miles with their left turn signal proudly blinking on and off before they finally went around a curve that was sharp enough for them to turn their steering wheel just enough to the left to automatically cut it off. Small pleasures sometimes bring big smiles and laughs. But my “ordeal” wasn’t over. Less than a quarter-mile later that left blinker returned. They had come to a stop sign, and I didn’t know whether or not to believe them by now. They had just driven ten miles with it on and now I’m supposed to just take them at their “word?”

Now, that was only a vehicle, but does this sound like anyone you know? How about yourself?

What I mean is that sometimes we can get stuck pulling an “eventual left” in our life. We keep saying that we’re going to do a certain something for our self or others but we never seem to keep our word. We keep “blinking” but we never act! I think the technical term is procrastination.

Some examples may be becoming more faithful in the services of the church, reading your own Bible more often or inviting a friend or family member to worship and Bible study.

Sometimes it’s not necessarily what we need to do but what we need to stop doing. We keep telling our self or someone we care about that we’re going stop doing some particular thing (drinking, smoking, cussing, loosing our temper, you fill in the blank) but that someday never seems to come anytime between Monday and Sunday. Soon enough people will quit believing us if we keep “blinking” but never seem to make the “turn.”

James said our life is “like a vapor that appears for a little time, then vanishes away” (James 4:14). We are only given so much time to do what we’ve said we would do. We need to make our “lefts” right before we hit the stop sign of life (Hebrews 9:27, John 9:4, Ecclesiastes 5:4-6).

Don’t eventually do something for others or God, do it today. Think about it, then act on it. EA

In those days Hezekiah was sick and near death. And Isaiah the prophet, the son of Amoz, went to him and said to him, “Thus says the Lord: ‘Set your house in order, for you shall die, and not live.’”” (2 Kings 20:1)


  1. It is said that “a true Southerner never believes that a turn signal actually means the person intends to turn.” I guess that is also true with “intentions,” which are said to pave a certain highway.

  2. Powerful, insightful, great illustration, and the application was spot on. Man Bro. Eugene; Bro. You Nailed It My Good Man!! Keep up the great work my friend. I’m definitely going to use this if that’s OK!! Godspeed My Friend!!

  3. I am a christian.I have been for a long time.Its so sad that most people i know that claim to be Christians but when God or church or Jesus are mentioned they cower in the corner or run in fear.I want more men and women warriors around me so we can make a difference in this messed up world.Tired of hypocrisy..Just my open thoughts here…

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