I was following a small, white pickup with a bumper sticker on the back that read in large, red letters: HOW AM I DRIVING? CALL 1-800-***-****.
We’ve all seen those messages on all kinds of company vehicles and even 18-wheelers. While most of us really don’t notice them anymore, the truth is those stickers are an invitation to report bad driving. We all know no one ever sees that sticker, takes note that the driver is doing an amazing job of paying attention, using his signals, navigating safely and courteously, then picks up the cell and calls the number …. “Yes, I’m following your company’s vehicle #AL684 and I just want to report your guy is doing such an amazing job of driving. I’ve been behind him for miles and, well, I’m just so impressed with his skills and you all did a darned good job of hiring this employee! Have a great day.” … That never happens.
As Christian men, we are essentially walking through life with a bumper sticker on our butts that says in big, bold letters: HOW AM I LIVING? TELL EVERYONE YOU KNOW IF YOU SEE AN INCONSISTENCY.”
This is the point where some men say, “Well now, I’m just trying to live my life. I’m not really claiming to be some witness or example of faith to people. No one should be watching me for that.” Sorry. No. If you have the Owner’s name on your heart and attend the corporation’s meetings every Sunday, then you’re being evaluated—everywhere. That’s just how it works.
Isn’t it interesting that our professions and possessions aren’t what will count in the end, but rather, how many watched our lives, noticed the difference, and called on the Creator?
Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. —Ephesians 5:15-17 ESV
Mike. Olsen July 24, 2014
I have recently joined your readership and have enjoyed all your articles. I read them at the breakfast table to my wife and sons. We feel that you should design a t-shirt with the Christian men's bumper sticker, "How am I living?" on it. Thank you for your wisdom and taking ordinary situations and finding God's purpose in them to exhort and encourage men! God bless you and your family! Mike
Robert Noland July 24, 2014
Welcome, Mike. So encouraged to hear you are being fed by the articles, and sharing them with your family. How cool! Great idea on the shirt. I'll certainly give it some thought. Tell your family I said "hey!" -Robert