Have you ever stopped to think of what kind of traffic ticket God issues to BCBP members? Or what tools and car accessories a BCBP member should carry in his/her car? This sharing by an anonymous Iloilo BCBP brother gives us a different perspective on driving. It is reprinted from a 1995 Iloilo newsletter and appeared in the Nov-Dec 1995 KAPATIRAN Magazine.

Last month, I applied for the third renewal of my driver’s license. Despite my being a daily driver, I felt so happy for I was able to maintain a clean record with LTO. I thanked the Lord for this and also for sparing my family from accidents.

Usually I sing when I drive: “Into Your Hands…”, “God is My Refuge”, “You O Lord are My Delight”, “Ascribe Greatness”. And many other inspiring songs. As they say “when you sing, you pray twice.” Not only that, I feel good, hence, I don’t get easily irritated by discourteous drivers. It helps me start my day right and bright.

I tried evaluating my driving skill. Was I a slow, fast, reckless, or average driver? But more importantly, as a BCBP driver, how were my manners, attitude, my over-all performance on the road? Because as a BCBP driver I must not only observe traffic rules, I should also observe Christian values.

Thanks to the BCBP sticker on my car, it reminds me to drive carefully and conscientiously follow the rules so as not to be a big disgrace to the Brotherhood. They say, if a car is slow moving and unsure of its maneuvers, “no wonder, it’s a lady driver.” But if the car zooms like hell, don’t be surprised, it’s most likely a male accelerator tripper.

But the point is with or without a sticker at the back of my car, the journey is not between me and the traffic aide, but more of me and my God. I alone am responsible for my passengers and the people on the road. By invoking God’s presence in my hands and feet, in my senses, I can overcome anger which may be brought about by a fellow driver’s inconsiderate style of driving. It takes only a few minutes to cool down a boiling head but it takes months to remove a plaster cast and worse, forever to wait for a replacement for my shattered permanent teeth. It only takes a few seconds and a little patience to give way to somebody, but it takes days to process your papers after bumping one another.

So I see to it that I drive God’s way. I am afraid that when I face my God some day, He might issue me a traffic ticket with the following charges – so I better do what I can to prevent it now.

God’s Traffic Ticket

B – As a driver, there was a time when you were not a brother/sister to a crossing pedestrian or a fellow driver.
C – You were unChristian because once you retaliated by chasing the driver who overtook you with a deadly cut. Not contented you blurted out dirty words that almost caused me to fall off my Throne.
B – You weren’t a good Businessman because profitwise, a bump (front or rear) is a waste of your precious time and money. Your accident and life insurances on earth will not guarantee your entrance in Heaven.
P – You were unProfessional. You may hold a degree to your name and people respect you for it. You may even get high pay for it. But once you are in control of the steering wheel, instantly, you become “Mad Max of the Road”. You forget that it is I, not you, who is in control.

My Car Accessories and Tools

To all the drivers, male and female, here are the car accessories and tools which I always bring with me when I drive. So that in case I get to meet the World’s Most Reckless Driver or the Country’s Most Careless Pedestrian, I can stay cool and calm.

Proverbs 14:7 People with hot tempers do foolish things; wiser people remain calm.
Romans 8:6 To be controlled by human nature results in death, to be controlled by the spirit results in life and peace.
Ephesians 5:26-27 If we are angry let it be without sin. Do not give the devil a chance to work on you.
Bible Diary 1986 The strongest man is he who can control himself.
Proverbs 15:28 Good people think before they answer. Evil people have a quick reply but it causes trouble.
Matthew 5:38 Do not take revenge on someone who wrongs you.

As one priest said, if we will treat each other with an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, we might all end up blind and toothless, and for drivers a special bonus, braces on our necks. So let’s sing, not scream or swear, while driving! Happy driving!

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