The Privileged Life: Driving

“Oh, sing praises to the Lord…To Him who rides on the heaven of heavens, which were of old!” Psalm 68:32b-33a

I’ve been driving for about 50 years. That’s a very long time behind the wheel. By the grace of God, I’ve had few fender-benders and none that involved any serious injuries over the years. I’ve driven sports cars, SUVs, minivans, sedans, trucks…my all-time favorite drive was a 1982 Toyota Supra, and I’m delighted to see Toyota revive the brand in 2020!

Driving is a daily routine that many of us in the U.S. frequently take for granted. We are indeed privileged, although it seems that we rank only 25th in the world in per capita vehicles, according to The Atlantic. Monaco is No. 1—no surprise, with the famous Grand Prix race roaring annually through winding roads in this tiny country.

Have you ever thought, though, about your witness to the world as a driver? Better make sure you’re a good one if you’re going to stick a Christian magnet to your bumper or hang a cross from your rearview mirror. Others are watching, taking note when we’re not very polite. Ouch.

If you’re on the road today, use your driving as a way to share God’s love through your obedience to Him. Refrain from abusing the speed limit or traffic laws. Take extra time to get to your destination safely. Be generous when others need to need space in the lane ahead of you. Smile at others. Keep your hand off the horn, unless it’s a friendly beep with a wave! 

Remember who’s riding along with you…not just friends or business associates or loved ones, but the very King of heaven if you love Jesus. His hands are always next to yours on the wheel! Honor Him as you drive.

Lord of heaven, who rides on the wings of angels—make me thankful for the privilege of driving, and never let me resent its occasional drudgery. Keep me alert and vigilant to dangers on the road, but also keep me aware of how my driving affects others. Give me extra protection and extra grace today to be a careful, compassionate driver. In Jesus’ all-powerful name, Amen.

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One sweet ride in my memory…orange-red 1982 Toyota Supra with five speed manual transmission (pop-up headlights), tooling around the mountains of East Tennessee!

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