Just Call Me “Taxi Driver”

Of all the hats I wear as a mom, the one that literally drives me crazy is the carpool-mom hat. I love having little ones; I love having teenagers. But I do not love driving all over creation every day. You may really enjoy this part of motherhood, and, if you do, I’m impressed! But, for me, a minimum of two hours every day in the car is not my cup of tea. I would much rather just be home with my kids.

Still, driving in a must in our family’s journey, so drive I do.

Fresh joy has come to my heart as I’ve found new purpose within the driving, new purpose that, really, is an ancient assignment written in God’s Word. More than just getting from points A to Z, road time can actually have heavenly meaning. Look at what Scripture says in Deuteronomy 6:4-7:

“The Lord is our God, the Lord alone. And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength.

“And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. Repeat them again and again to your children.

“Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up.”

I find it amazing that, in between traffic and construction and crazy drivers (like myself!), something spiritual can happen on the road. It is like the ultimate multi-tasking! Yet, there it is, in Scripture:  a command to talk about God’s Word while we are on the road.

So, this is exactly what my kids and I do during our twenty-minute morning commute to school this year. We set out to memorize a verse a week, and, while we haven’t memorized every week, we have made some significant progress this year!

As I make our way through traffic, we meander through God’s Word, reading our verses, playing games with them and reciting them. Best of all, we talk about the Scripture we have memorized. Little ones and teenagers alike, we have had some great theological discussions.

Just like an interstate connects our home and school, the verses we’ve learned have connected Scripture and our lives together like never before. My master’s degree in biblical studies cannot compare with the simple, profound truths I’ve encountered with my children during our morning commute.

Dear Journey Girl, if you are a mother, will you join me in this endeavor to teach your children Scripture along the way? You don’t have to teach God’s commands like me; you should find the way that best suits your family to “repeat them again and again to your children.” Maybe your family will memorize a verse a week or a verse a month. Maybe you will choose to discuss a certain biblical character trait or Bible character. Maybe you will have your big kids read a Bible story to the little ones that you can then discuss.

I’m not asking you to add something to your already busy schedule. I just encourage you to talk about God’s Word while you are on the road – to school, to sports, to club, to practice. This will require you to be intentional, but you’ve already got their seated, forward-facing attention, and you’re already on the go. So why not use that opportunity?

We journey, girls – literally and spiritually! Those of us who are mothers have children we bring with us along the way.

I can’t think of any better place to lead them than to find God in His Word, especially when we’re already on the road anyway!

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