Published June 23, 2015

Shelia Shares
"Under What Influence?"

Do you drive "under the influence?" It can be obvious when you do.

Many of us, unfortunately, drive in a way that sometimes forgets God and His principles. Although we might act appropriately otherwise, when we drive, we might not be acting under the influence of God and driving according to His ways. We let the influence of worldly ways take control.

So, how can we be "Christian" in our driving?

When the slow car pulls out right in front of us and then goes 20 miles an hour (where the speed limit is much higher), how do we react? Do we mutter about what an idiot they are? Do we steam at how we'll never make it to church on time? How do we react?

Can we ask God to put us in the other person's shoes? Instead of ranting and raving, could we pray for that person?

The prayer in this case could be something like this: "This looks like an older lady. She might be afraid of making a mistake. Give her good driving skills and give her the confidence to do what she needs to do. Keep her, and those around her, safe."

When a car passes us in a "no passing zone," do we mentally "yell" at him and hope he smashes his car up ahead. Perhaps our prayer then could be, "God, please keep him safe. Help him to realize that no appointment is worth his or anyone else's death. Help him to weigh his choices and choose wisely."

Out of the car, this can apply to the person ahead of you in line who "tells her life story" to the only clerk in the store while you wait. Rather than getting angry at the delay, you could remember that she might have no one else with whom to talk. "Lord, help this lady to know that you love her and give her friends in her life. Help her to enjoy this moment of attention."

This can apply to the screaming kid in the grocery store. "Lord, be with this child, whatever his problem is. I don't know what the rest of his day has been like, but give him the love and peace he needs to feel secure. And, give his parents the understanding they need and the wisdom to do what is best for their child."

If we can develop this kind of attitude, the blessing will be for those for whom we pray. Whether they realize it or not, prayer makes a difference in their lives.

I Thessalonians 5:17, 18: "Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you."

- Shelia

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