I’ve written before about my aggressive driving habits when I was a much younger man.  I tended to see other people in traffic as obstacles and was quick to take offense, quick to put the worst interpretation on the actions of others.  I would also be resentful when I felt like someone was taking advantage of me by pulling out in front of me and slowing me down, as if the road belonged to me.  I was probably much like many of the drivers I now see around me these days who display many of these same habits.  It is all too easy to be like this.  In fact, such habits are completely natural in our un-regenerated state, before we are saved and before God begins his lifelong work in us.  But thankfully, we do not remain in our ignorant and selfish state since God continually teaches and trains us, replacing the sin of our flesh with more and more of His Spirit over time, reclaiming various parts of our mind and heart, bit by bit, until we become someone that we would hardly recognize.

Nowadays, my driving habits are much different.  This one area of my life is a witness to me and to others about the tremendous change that God has made in my character over time.  I have slowed down and no longer get angry in traffic.  In fact, now I’m more concerned with how my actions affect others who are driving around me on the road.  I’m much more careful with my driving habits, taking into account how they will affect everyone else.  For instance, I no longer take chances, aggressively pulling out in front of people in traffic if I can wait a few more seconds and pull out when the road is clear.  In fact, I don’t take the any of the risks that I once did since such chances are usually at the expense of someone else and may have the effect of unnecessarily endangering them or, at the least, perhaps making their bad day worse.  In addition to being more careful in my driving habits, taking few chances that may negatively affect others, I am also always looking out for ways that I can help other drivers, for instance looking several cars ahead when I’m on the freeway, changing lanes when I can see that someone ahead is getting into a situation that may require them to move into my lane, or watching for opportunities to let someone out in traffic when I have to stop for lights in congested areas.

Of course, it is not just my driving habits that have changed so tremendously over time.  I can see so many other ways in which God has made me more loving, kind, and patient to all those around me.  But all these changes are not simply the result of my having reached the so-called “middle age.”  I know for a fact that many people reach these years and do not mellow out.  The changes in me are purely the work of God’s Spirit, through his lifelong training program which we call sanctification.  But this is something that all Christians go through.  You may not realize it yet, but God is continually changing you if you are saved by Jesus and, thus, have the Holy Spirit at work in you.  Josh McDowell has written in his book More Than a Carpenter that this tremendous change in the lives of the believers is one of the greatest bodies of evidence of the truth of Scripture, the truth of our faith, and the truth of Jesus.  Of course, not all Christians change at the same rate, and the amount of change still depends to some degree on how willing you are to change, how much time you spend in prayer and meditation on His Scripture, how humble and yielding you are, how much time you spend in Christian work, how much time you spend fellowshipping with other believers, etc.  The effort you put into your walk with God has a large effect on how much you will change and how quickly.

I pray that all of you will grow greater in His Spirit every day and that God will reveal to you the many changes that have occurred in you from His Work so that you can give Him thanks and praise. 



02/15/2017 6:23am

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    I'm a retired soldier, having spent 23 years of my life serving our country, actually 30 years when you count the reserve and National Guard time as well.  I believe in servant leaders, following the example of our Lord, and I believe in giving back to the troops once one has attained a certain status or level of success in life.  But I also believe in fighting back against corruption and incompetence wherever you find it if it hurts people.  Our national values were worth dying for.  They are also worth living for.  A man or woman can actually live a life by these principles of humility, service, love, duty, and honor, and have a significant impact on the world around them...if you have the dedication to see it through. 


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