Brenda Groves

How's My Driving?

Whenever I see this message on company trucks, I think about what a great idea it was to post that question along with the office number.

It shows that the owner of the company is concerned with the actions and safety of their drivers and how they treat fellow travelers and not just the fact that they arrived.

By the time I was 17 years old, I knew "EVERYTHING" about operating a vehicle. Even though I knew the fundamentals, I also took stupid chances, endangered myself and others and was self-deceived into believing I was a pretty good driver. When in fact I was impatient, rude, inconsiderate and selfish.

So for me it took a few citations and close calls to curb that rebellious spirit and cause me to realize this is serious business.

There are consequences to my actions.

And for a long period of time, I obeyed the laws because I couldn't afford the cost.

Several years ago, I started becoming more aware of my driving skills and attitude toward others as a result of my growing relationship with Jesus Christ. He gave me a new heart. He restored order to my life. God. Others. Self. And this changed heart has affected my driving habits.

I have about a 25-minute drive into work each day but it's a pretty drive and I really enjoy it.

But there are times when I run across reckless motorists. Some of them pass on the right side of the road. Dart in and out of traffic. Ride my bumper and take unsafe chances.

For Christians, I believe that God is very concerned with HOW His children arrive at our destinations and the condition we are in when we arrive. Also how we are treating others and our own bodies is very important.

I am relearning and thinking on the truth that throughout this life it is the little choices we choose today that will decide our tomorrows.

And God wants us to experience His best and He is concerned for our safety and well-being.

How am I doing day to day. Am I allowing the Holy Spirit to encourage me in His love so I can love others and treat them the way I want to be treated?

I pulled out in front of someone a while back and they had to slow down, and I thought, "I really don’t appreciate it when others do that to me." So the next time I felt tempted to jump out ahead of someone, I remembered how it felt and waited.

That's all there is to it. God loves us so much, His love is so huge for each one of us and He wants to help us more than we want to be helped.

I don't have a bumper sticker on my car that says I'm a Christian or an emblem of a fish that labels me as such, though I don't believe there is anything wrong with those things.

But hopefully my actions will speak louder than words or symbols.

And I don't have a message on my vehicle that says, "How's my driving. Call dial a prayer to report unsafe driving."

What I do have is the Holy Spirit living on the inside of me and when I am paying attention to Him, He is more than willing to direct my routes, remind me of my speed, advise me to check my mirrors, alert me to unexpected behavior of others around me, pray for others ... and He also advised me to slow down even though I had a green light because “that" day an 18 wheeler blew through the intersection.

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths." Prov. 3:5-6

"Every word of God is pure; He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him." Prov. 30:5

"Your word is a lamp to my feet, And a light to my path." Psalm 119:105

The Bible is full of wisdom for every situation we will face on our destination through this life.

Contact Brenda Groves at ads@alvinsun.net

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