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Being a Good Driver

What kind of driver are you?  Are you one that passes all the slow cars on the road?  Are you the one that goes past the speed limit?  Have you ever gotten a ticket?  Would you wait behind a bus that is making frequent stops?  Would you wait behind a car that is going 10 miles per hour?

It makes you wonder if you really ponder it in your heart that there is something seriously lacking in today’s American drivers and that is patience.  For those that don’t normally read my blog I would like to point out a virtue that is patience and how as Christians we should strive to develop this character more and more as we walk in the LORD.  Just because you have a Jesus bumper sticker doesn’t make you exempt from developing the fruit of the Spirit of patience in your life.  Ideally all fruits of the Spirit should be developed and grow, but I find that most often this is the one that people including myself struggle with the most.

In this age of modern technology where everything you ever wanted to know is at a click of a button, and we have a microwave, and text messaging, it’s an amazement that some of us have any patience, and we definitely don’t experience the kind of patience that the people did in Jesus time.  Even then people were not patient enough to wait for Jesus to come back and be king.  They wanted Him to be king right then and there and rescue them from governing rulers.

Getting back to driving, I often wonder what type of driver would Jesus be.  Would He let all the people go before Him?  Would He be swerving from lane to lane to avoid slow cars?  Would he rudely and obnoxiously honk at someone that was going too slow?  Some people say that He wouldn’t drive at all, but then He did ride a donkey.  Would He stick out as an exceptional driver or would He fit in with everybody else?  We see in the movie Bruce Almighty where Jim Carrey “Parts the Red Sea” of drivers after he gets his “powers”, but I really don’t see Jesus doing it that way.

God was really smart, He came down at the appropriate time when He knew He wouldn’t have to deal with issues associated with modern technology and the development of radical scientific exploration.  He had a hard enough time trying to convince the Pharisees that His way was the right way and to this day some people in Israel still don’t see the light, but I believe the time is coming when they will see, but can you imagine Jesus trying to debate with the scientific community.  If they crucified Him now, they would probably take Him off the Cross and autopsy His brain.  I don’t know maybe not, but it is pretty thought provoking if you consider it.

One thing we know for sure, Jesus would not be a drunk driver or be driving under the influence.  He would not cause accidents and He would be very careful not to hurt anybody.  This is my opinion, but I am guessing that Jesus would obey all the rules according to the driving handbook you receive before you get your license.  He might even stop his car in the middle of the road to help an elderly woman cross the street, but He would probably do it in a way as to not aggravate the other drivers.

But that brings us to examine ourselves.  Do we take time to slow down?  What’s the rush?  Where are we so in a hurry to be headed to that we can’t take time to slow down?  Granted we shouldn’t all be slowing down to 10 mph, but if someone is in front of you and they are going slow, then would you consider not honking at them and let them just go at their pace? Here’s a stretch of faith, drive behind them the whole way just having patience and faith that you are doing God’s will by making it there on time.  Someone once said that you can tell that someone is a Christian just by the way that they drive.

Part of the problem is that there is no customization of the horn.  If there is then people can’t usually tell.  When someone honks at you, you can’t tell if they are honking because they think you are going to slow, or that you have something wrong with your brake lights or turn signals, or because your trunk is open.  Common sense tells you that they are honking at you because they think you are going too slow.  Honks were made to catch your attention and to let you know that someone is coming your way or you need to watch out for something and not because you are going too slow.  Just because you are going 30mph in a 35mph zone doesn’t give the person the right behind you to honk at you.

I used to think that the easiest people to forgive were other drivers, but if that were truly the case then there wouldn’t be so many cases of road rage.  People get so angry when they are driving.  They want everything to go their way and when it doesn’t they go around shooting and getting really angry and tailgaiting people.  We need to CALM down as drivers.  It is not the end of the world if things don’t go your way.  If you are in such a rush leave 30 minutes earlier and unless an unavoidable traffic jam comes your way you’ll probably make it on time.

This society is all about “me, me, me, what can I get,  what can someone do for me?”  Do we really take time to appreciate that we even have a car and that we don’t have to walk miles and miles like people in villages do across the world?  Having a car is a privilege and we shouldn’t abuse it.  We are supposed to be defensive drivers, but we wouldn’t have to be if everyone is not only obeying, but “going the extra mile” no pun intended, to show courtesy, respectful, patience, and calmness.  What I do is I pray before I drive, and that can’t guarantee that I won’t ever get into an accident when I am on the road, but what I do is I pray for a spirit of calmness, patience, and peace over the other drivers.  I would say it is by God’s grace alone that we are able to make it home or wherever we’re going safe and alive, because we know that His hedges of protection are around us, even for people that are not Christians.  Do you know that if everyone obeyed this principle, then the Auto insurance premiums would not only be less, but we wouldn’t need things like Medical Payments, PIP, Collision, Bodily Injury? We would probably only need things in which we don’t have any control over.  If people were obeying the Ten Commandments, then we wouldn’t even need theft as an Auto Insurance coverage, so we could negate that on our insurance coverage.  But because we live in  a world of darkness where people are just stiff-necked and stubborn people, we have to put up with higher costs to living.  There is a blessing of living by the principles of the Holy Spirit and of God, but unless we know Jesus and His nature as God and His Spirit as a person it becomes very hard to maintain this integrity of living standards.  If you already obey these things as a driver and are not a Christian, I am sure that there are other areas of your life that need improvement, and the principles of the Bible are sound ways of living so I encourage you to take a look at yourself and see where you are lacking.

I guess for myself I need to work on the area of boldness when driving, but that’s a personal issue with me and I have improved a lot since I started.

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