I don’t know why, but the drivers around me have been performing markedly worse than normal for the past few weeks. I have noticed they drive slower, make dumber decisions, and generally have been doing things that infuriate “normal” drivers.
I have been expressing my annoyance/irritation at their poor driving habits with increasing frequency while driving. I have felt my irritation growing the further I drive from where I started. Kim pointed out to me that it seems more like anger and not just irritation. So I have decided that I am not going to let other drivers affect my day.
Here is my new practice, that I started a few days ago: When I am driving down the road, and I get behind someone going “too slowly” or someone who lingers when the light turns green, I simply start praying for them, that God will bless them, and if they do not know Christ as Savior, that God will bring someone into their life to tell them how they can be saved from hell.
So far it’s working great. Not only am I no longer angry, I am spending more time praying, and I’m getting an increased awareness of those around me who need Christ. I was talking to my kids about this tonight, and I said, “Do you remember the story in the Bible where Jesus was in a hurry to get somewhere, so He shoved people out of His way so He wouldn’t be late?” My kids looked at me and grinned.
“Daaaaaaad! He never did that!” Exactly, I told them.