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God in My Passenger Seat

By Kristin Kaufman

 

 

Growing up, I would say I was a “routine Christian.” I grew up in a Christian home and we did all of the routine things that Christians do. We attended church very regularly on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings. I went to church camp and Vacation Bible School. We prayed the prayer, “God is Great,” before every meal. My family did so many things that were good and that I appreciate, but it still felt like something was missing. When we prayed in church, prayer always felt like it had to be very formal. Outside of church, I rarely prayed to God unless there was something I was wanting or if something challenging was happening.

When I was in my late twenties, I developed a new routine that got me through some very challenging times. My ten minute morning commute to work became my prayer time. Instead of prayer feeling so formal, my prayers turned into out loud conversations with God, telling God how I was feeling about things that were happening, what I was thankful for, what/who I wanted to pray for, and included time for just listening. My prayers every morning now begin with, “Hey God, it’s me.” Through this new routine, God now feels more like a best friend, riding in my passenger seat.