I always laugh and we discuss alternatives to growling, making faces, or letting someone else’s driving steal me of my joy. Typically, the remainder of our trip is less eventful thanks to my daughter’s gentle reminder.
Is there a bumper sticker your children might say, “Mom/Dad, you need a bumper sticker to say…” and you will in the blank.
It might have to do with:
*overeating after the kids go to bed
“I hide the Oreos for myself so my kids can’t eat them”
*repeated use of bad language
“I swear when angry.”
*abusive behaviors (emotional, physical, sexual, or spiritual) –
“I belittle others to make myself feel better.”
“Watch your back, I am not always honest.”
“Don’t worry, I’ll talk about you when you are not around.”
“I attend church when it is raining.”
“I can hold a grudge”
“I am miserable and proud of it.”
“It’s all about ME! Who are you?”
This list could go on and on if we all had an opportunity to sit together and discuss this. HOWEVER, since we are each in our individual surroundings, today I want to encourage you to think about an area in your life you tend to struggle with doing what YOU want instead of what GOD wants.
The NEW and improving bumper stickers might read:
“I hide the Oreos for myself so my kids can’t eat them, pray I learn to share and eat healthy.”
“I swear when angry, pray I learn to control my stress.”
“I belittle others to make myself feel better, pray I put God then others first.”
“Watch your back, I am not always honest, pray I only speak truth.”
“Don’t worry, I’ll talk about you when you are not around, pray I am a good friend and only share another’s troubles with God in prayer.”
“I attend church when it is raining, pray I would desire to worship every week.”
“I can hold a grudge, pray I learn to forgive and move forward with the past…in the past!”
“I am miserable and proud of it, pray I desire a joyful life surrounded by others with a similar heart-a-tudes.”
“It’s all about ME! Who are you?, pray I think about others instead of myself.”
Now my bumper sticker reads:
“Sin most while driving. Pray for me to slow down and enjoy the drive.”
Part I: Post your “bumper sticker” slogan below.
Part II: add a tagline to the end of your bumper sticker to encourage you to remove this bumper sticker from your life.
I pray all our bumper stickers will start with positive statements after a time of reflection, change, and prayer. We want people to first read, "I live an obedient life for Jesus, pray I continue on this road until I join Jesus in heaven."