Older, wiser moms: “Enjoy staying home all day with your babies and toddlers, because soon they’ll be teenagers and you’ll be driving ALL DAY LONG.”
Me: “Haha. (eye roll) I’m stuck at home and I can’t WAIT to get out of the house more.”
Older, wiser moms: “Aww, so adorable. You’ll see…(laugh, laugh)”
10 years later Me: “I drive for 4-6 hours everyday and I want to claw my eyes out.”
Turns out they were right. Between 3 separate school drop offs, 4 separate school pickups, 10 sports practices, 4 music lessons, 2 youth groups, and about 295 trips to the grocery store, driving feels like my unpaid full time job, and it’s DRIVING me crazy!
I HAD to figure out a better way.
And calling an UBER is too expensive. (Believe me, I’ve looked.)
After studying 1 Corinthians 10:1-14 in our fellowship group at church (listen here), I was convicted about my complaining, I knew I HAD to stop complaining and trust that God had ordained these “driving years” for my good and His glory. They were meant to teach me something and I needed to be a steward of this opportunity.
So here’s 3 things I started doing to make the most of my drive. These aren’t new or genius-level ideas; you may already be doing these. But for me, it was easy and just what I needed to turn something I dreaded into something I anticipated.
Audio books: Ever since my parents got us a subscription to Audible as a birthday gift, this has been a game changer for me. Audio books have made the drive time something I actually LOOK FORWARD to! I’ve actually been known to STAY IN THE CAR when we get home so I can finish listening to the end of the chapter hahaha! The kids have enjoyed listening too.
Here’s what’s in my “library” right now:
Captivate by Vanessa Van Edwards
Church History in Plain Language by Bruce L. Shelley
Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek
Never Split the Difference by Chris Voss
Do More Better by Tim Challies
Podcasts: Some of the most convicting and thought-provoking things I’ve heard in the car have been through Podcasts. They’re relatively short (20-40min) and I’m drawn to the casual conversation style. Again, the kids actually get caught up listening! Don’t feel like you have to turn it off when they hop in the car.
Here are a few of my faves:
Sermons: Sermons are the old stand-by. We used to have sermons on “tape” and then on CD, and now through apps. They never get old. I like listening to the sermon I just heard on Sunday morning, it helps me remember and apply it. (James 1:25!!)
Here are my faves:
2. Make phone calls
Making phone calls isn’t something I’m good at. Can you relate? In fact, with the invention of texting, phone calls are becoming obsolete. I certainly would rather text. But that’s not an option while you’re driving. So, one of the ways to maximize your time in the car is to start making calls.
Call to schedule appointments at the doctor, dentist, salon, etc.
Call your friends or girls you’re investing in.
Call your MOM. It doesn’t take long to say hi and catch up a bit while you’re hitting the road. Hi, Mom! 🙂
3. Pray out loud
If you’re by yourself during parts of your drive, praying out loud is a good thing to try. It can feel awkward at first, but it gets easier the more you do it. I find that my mind doesn’t wander while I’m talking out loud, so it’s easier to focus on praying.
It should go without saying, but just in case…DON’T close your eyes. 😉
You may not have any choice in how much you drive each day, but at least you don’t have to WASTE time, you can learn and grow even behind the steering wheel.
So, how long are you in the car? Any other tips for making the most of it?