We lived without a working car for 6 months (on purpose.) God has taught us A LOT. This is some of what we learned.
My kids learned:
-We don’t need a car to live.
-Fast food is NOT what people want when they are walking everywhere.
-When I give food to homeless people it will be something healthy.
-People feel like they have an obligation to offer a ride if you’re walking. It’s a pity thing. (It shouldn’t be.)
-The way people look at you when you’re walking is pretty rude.
-Homeless people are probably stronger than anybody thinks they are.
-Employers are unsure if they should hire you when you don’t have a working car. They wonder if you’ll get to work.
-I learned we can do stuff even without a car.
-We can walk farther than we think we can.
-Any place is in walking distance if you take the time.
-You buy less things ’cause you have to carry stuff home.
-People eat a lot more than they need to.
-Walking is a work-out and it builds muscle.
-You feel better when you walk.
-We were blessed with 2 legs and 2 feet to be able to walk places. Some people aren’t.
-If you’re willing to help someone there needs to be a genuine love. Don’t just do it to check off the service hours on your list. Attitude matters.
What my husband learned:
I don’t NEED a car.
God provides what we need.
A car can add stress. (Also not having a car can add stress.)
Stuff God has been teaching me:
-When you’re walking places there is less of a hurry. It may take 30 minutes to walk some place when it takes 5 minutes in a car. (I love NOT being in a hurry!!)
-We are too busy …and we’re kinda selfish.
-Most people don’t really want to be bothered by other people’s needs. I was doing that, too. I liked MY schedule. I liked MY life. MY day. MY hours. MY time. MY whatever. But that’s not how we’re called to live.
-When I help someone, take time for them. People are worth taking the time to get to know. They will bless your life or you will bless theirs somehow. (I mean, besides the transportation factor.)
-When I do feel called to give someone a ride I will NEVER, EVER (EVER) have a look on my face like, “OH OKAY. I GUESS I can put myself out to give you a ride!” Just… NO.
-Wait on God and His timing. Ask Him to be involved in EVERY part of life and trust Him (even when buying – or not buying a car.)
[VERY IMPORTANT NOTE: Please DO NOT pick up someone if you feel you shouldn’t. It’s okay to pass by if you feel worried or have that feeling in your gut that it’s not a good idea. God gave us that feeling for a reason. Listen to your body and trust yourself.]