It has been a long time since I had to commute to work in heavy traffic. It’s amazing how quickly painful experiences are forgotten. Anyway, the traffic on I-20 is worse right now because so many roads are still closed in Douglas County due to the recent flood. In the few days I have been commuting to my new office, the interstate is a huge parking lot at times. Sometimes we creep along for miles at speeds no faster than 10 miles per hour. Then there are those brief moments when the highway mysteriously clears and we quickly reach speeds of 65 mph. Then, to top things off there is the temptation to break into the long line of cars & trucks who have been patiently waiting their turn to exit off I-20 onto I-285. You gotta love the I-20 parking lot commute.

Traffic can bring out the worst in people. That includes me! It’s easy to get angry or frustrated. It’s tough to control your thoughts about other drivers (using certain words to describe them). Being nice takes a back seat. Gestures can be expressed to other drivers. You get the picture. The parking lot commute can really test your patience and your faith.

So, how do you deal with the traffic temptations when they knock at your door? First, put on your spiritual armor before you get on the road (see Ephesians 6:10-20). Learn to be joyful and thankful in everything (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18). Put others before yourself. Calm down. Listen to some great Christian music. Listen to a great sermon. Leave earlier. Don’t let things out of your control stress you. Call you boss if you’re gonna be late. Take a chill pill. If you are going to survive the Freeway Parking Lot of Commuting, you must change your thinking. And that comes from a growing relationship with Jesus Christ.

1 Comment on Loving the I-20 Parking Lot

  1. Deb says:

    Good advice! Welcome back to my world 🙂