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.