Hands down, one of the hardest times to be a Christian for me is when I’m driving.
It doesn’t even have to be Rush Hour. Other drivers can infuriate me so immensely that it’s like I’m back in the military again and I’m the poster child for the adage “Swears like a Sailor”.
People running stop signs, not stopping for a school bus when it’s warning placards are out, not using a turn signal, ignoring the rules of “Right of way”, not pulling over for Emergency Vehicles (that’s a huge one for me); so many people just being reckless!!
We’ve all been there. Right?
“In your anger do not sin…”
Which is a REALLY difficult thing for me to do. Just about every curse word comes into my head when I experience the folly of other drivers. But it is this trial I am beginning to realize, that gives me the opportunity to become a stronger Christian.
I must remind myself that the rage and hate and anger I feel is not what God wants from me.
James 1:20 says
“because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.”
I must remind myself of this, because more than anything I long to be righteous and good in my life and walk with Christ. There is always going to be stupid drivers on the road. I am sure that something that I have done while driving has caused another to swear and curse at me. I’m not perfect. None of us are.
It is crucial to remind ourselves that a fool angers quickly. The Bible says so,
“Fools give full vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end.”
It is certainly a difficult task, trying not to get angry. How many times a day, do situations arise where you can just feel the anger build up inside of you? There are many a day where I just snip at someone. Or make a flippant comment off the cuff out of second nature. I’m a city boy, sarcasm and crude manners are almost as natural as breathing to me. It is very hard to not be “that guy” and just snap.
I was in the store the other day, and I was stuck behind this lady in line who was arguing with the cashier over a sale price. After approximately ten minutes, the store manager gave the customer the imagined price on the item, even though she was wrong in the first place. As the bagger packaged up the ladies two shopping carts, (yes, you read that right. Two shopping carts) the customer handed a mountain of coupons to the cashier. After another five minutes of the cashier scanning coupons, the ladies bill came to a total of around $12.00 and change. What would have been a several hundred-dollar order, was less than twenty dollars.
I was livid! Especially when she pulled out a wad of cash that would make Al Capone blush. It was seriously a monumental bank roll of cash she had. The price difference on one item, with a difference of 13 cents, caused this lady to make such a stink; and she could have simply just sucked up the fact that she was wrong and paid. I actually remarked to her as she pulled out the cash, “…well then, good thing you saved the 13 cents. Who knows how you would have paid for it…”
She shot me a smug look and left. I gave into my anger, and threw out a barb at her. It felt good for the moment, but in no way, was Christ Like. To anger and sin is to give the devil a foothold on your life. Ephesians 4:27. I slipped in my walk with Christ and fell. I am not perfect. None of us are.
Stay safe out there everyone, and remember to remain calm, we are not perfect and we all fail. The important part is to get back up and stay on the path that God has set before you and to try not to anger so easily.
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