JESUS IS MY CO-PILOT???

EVERY NOW AND THEN PEOPLE GET IN MY CAR AND ATTEMPT TO DRIVE IT FROM THE PASSENGER SIDE.  I KNOW SOMEBODY COINED THE TERM “BACK SEAT DRIVER,” BUT I HAVE NEVER HAD ANY ISSUES WITH PEOPLE WHO RIDE IN THE BACK SEAT.  MOST OF MY PROBLEMS COME FROM THE PERSON SITTING IN THE PASSENGER SIDE OF MY RIDE.  MAYBE IT’S BECAUSE THEY ARE SO CLOSE TO BEING IN CONTROL THAT THEY CAN JUST REACH OUT AND TOUCH IT AND IT BECOMES A TEMPTATION?  MAYBE THAT’S WHY THE BACK SEAT PERSONS IS SO COOPERATIVE?  THEY KNOW THEIR OPTIONS OF CONTROL ARE REALLY LIMITED.

PROBLEM: WHEN PEOPLE FROM THE PASSENGER SIDE BEGIN TO TELL ME HOW TO OPERATE THE VEHICLE UNDER  MY CONTROL, OR THEN BEGIN TO TOUCH AND ADJUST BUTTONS AND SWITCHES THAT ARE CLEARLY APART OF THE DRIVERS CONSOLE.  THEY TOUCH THE RADIO, ADJUST THE AIR/HEAT BUTTON, AND OR EVEN WORSE, TURN ON THE WIPERS WHILE I’M DRIVING!

HOW I HELP:  WHEN THIS HAPPENS, I ALWAYS GIVE A COURTESY TOUR OF THE VEHICLE.  I HELP THE PASSENGER TO UNDERSTAND THE DRIVERS CONSOLE AND THEN THE OPTIONS AND PRIVILEDGES OF THE PASSENGER.  I NORMALLY SAY, NOW EVERYTHING FROM HERE OVER IS CALLED THE DRIVERS CONSOLE AND FROM THIS SPACE OVER IS YOUR SPACE AND CONTROLS.  HERE ARE THE OPTIONS OF THE PASSENGER: 1. YOU CAN ROLL YOUR WINDOW UP AND DOWN, 2. YOU CAN ADJUST YOUR VENT UP AND DOWN, 3. YOU CAN FASTEN OR UNFASTEN YOUR SEAT BELT, 4. YOU CAN SIT BACK AND ENJOY THE RIDE, OR 5. YOU CAN GET THE HELL OUT!!

PUNCHLINE: THIS IS REALLY NOT ABOUT CARS. THIS IS ABOUT WHO IS IN CHARGE OF YOUR LIFE.  WE ARE IN THE DRIVER’S SEAT OF OUR LIFE WITH JESUS SOMEWHERE BETWEEN THE PASSENGER SIDE, THE BACKSEAT, SOME TIMES QUESTIONABLY IF HE IS IN THE CAR AT ALL, UNTIL SOMETHING GOES WRONG.  THEN WE HAND HIM THE STEERING WHEEL.  WHEN HE GETS US BACK ON THE ROAD, WE SNATCH THE WHEEL BACK JUST BEFORE WE RIDE PAST OUR FRIENDS TO GIVE THE IMPRESSION THAT WE ARE DOING THE DRIVING.  AT OTHER TIMES, WHEN HE HAS THE WHEEL, WE ARE BAD PASSENGERS.  I WANT TO RECOMMEND THAT YOU GIVE THE STEERING WHEEL TO JESUS AND SIT BACK AND ENJOY THE RIDE!! 

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