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I don't know if this happens to you, but for those of us who have to commute to work in the mornings, there is one inescapable, unavoidable and at times frustrating phenomenon we have to endure--traffic. Having lived in different cities across the U.S., I can say with certainty that Interstate 4 in Florida should be put on the cover of U.S. News and World Report’s Top 10 Traffic Roadways! For those of you who don't travel on the I-4, I'm sure you can still relate. Traffic congestion is everywhere!

One Monday morning, as I was stuck in parking-lot traffic over the Fairbanks overpass, I decided to kill time by searching for bumper stickers. Even though most would consider this ridiculous, I had a great time! Among the different stickers I found, was one that made me laugh out loud:  "I love cats, they taste like chicken!" An avid fishing enthusiast had the entire back of his pick-up truck decked out with fish and fishing pole stickers. His amusing bumper sticker read "Fish TREMBLE at the sound of my name."

In the few miles left of my commute, I must have seen at least half a dozen "Proud to be an American" stickers. There was also an SUV that had a great big "I hate I-4" bumper sticker on it, and another one that said "Proud parent of an Apopka Middle School Honor Roll student." Upon reaching the traffic light at the Princeton exit I read a profound question on a bumper sticker: "Torturing one animal is cruelty, torturing many animals is science?"

Speaking Your Mind

Bumper stickers say a lot about the people who put them there. Opinions are expressed and beliefs are shared, like the bumper sticker we've all seen that asks the simple yet thought-provoking question: "Got Jesus?" One simple bumper sticker can publish to everyone who sees it your lifestyle, your way of thinking, and essentially what you are about.

In the similar way, what we say, the way we act and the way we carry ourselves from day to day can be our "bumper sticker" for others to see. The Word of God urges each and every one of us to show others the gospel of Christ through our conduct, to be "as shining stars" in a dark world, bringing light to those who live in darkness. "Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ...so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe" (Philippians 1:27 and 2:14, 15).

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