Making the Best of Decisions
The school year was coming to an end and my new apartment hunt had commenced. After weeks and weeks of searching, my future roommate and I finally found the perfect apartment that would suit both of our busy lifestyles … at least we initially thought it was perfect. But what we discovered is that commuting by bus 45 minutes twice a day by was taking a toll.
My initial thoughts were that my housing cost and uptown location would definitely outweigh the long commute to school but I was terribly wrong. But what could I do? I had committed to a year-long lease and made a promise to my friend, so instead of breaking my word I decided to look to the Lord for guidance.
With the help of the Lord I came up with 5 ways to make the journey more enjoyable:
1. Make an effort to talk to strangers “Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.” (Deuteronomy 31:6) Going out of your way to talk with someone (either sitting next to you on the bus or even waiting at the bus stop) can make the trip go by a lot more quickly and a great way to talk about the Lord.
2. Do random acts of kindness. This won’t only make you feel good but can really affect another person’s day! “Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.” (Philippians 2:4) Give your seat to someone who is standing and watch them light up or share your umbrella while you wait for the bus.
3. Help those in need. There’s always someone who needs help with directions and/or is lost. Go out of your way to help them because a little help goes a long way! As the Lord says, “Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” (Mark 12:31) When I began using public transit I found it to be confusing. I appreciated the help and know by helping others they will appreciate it too.
4. Don’t let the little things get to you. Even when you are moments from catching a bus and the bus driver decides to drive away instead of taking that extra moment to stop show kindness “be Kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” (Ephesians 4:32)
5. Last but not least, make the best of every moment “Let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” (Galatians 6:9) Yes taking the bus has both its ups and downs but it’s your choice on how you react to the situation. You have ample opportunity to make an impact on another’s life especially since you are positioned to be with strangers for 45 minutes each day. After being inspired by the Lord incorporating these five steps into my daily routine allowed the journey to be more delightful. So, having given my perspective, what initiative do you want to take in your life?