I’m not always so nice when I drive. I admit it.
There’s something about being behind the wheel, trying to get where I’m going. I tend to see other drivers as the cars they’re in or I identify them by the county on their tag. I either yell at the Lexus or the F-150, or at Sullivan County, Greene County, what in the world are doing on my highway, North Carolina? … you get the picture.
It usually goes a little like this:
“Come on! Let’s get a move on!
“Hello — I’m right here! Road hog!
“Alright, Ford, the light’s green… you can go anytime.”
It’s easy to yell at somebody if you see them as a hunk of metal or an entire region of the country going down the road.
Turn that perspective around.
What would it be like if we drove invisible cars…? We would be able to see everybody around us much better – they wouldn’t be behind tinted windows and doors. Yikes! That means I would have to keep my car clean. Oops. It currently looks like a rolling Salvation Army resale store. Need a shirt, pants or pair of shoes? Just be careful opening the doors!
I think I would definitely see people with a different attitude if I could see them that clearly. I don’t think I would yell and rant … quite so much.
The nicer me would surely be there behind the wheel, smiling and waving them on. I know I would be a lot more thoughtful.
We’re all in the same boat.. er.. car.
Aren’t you glad that Jesus, even after seeing us with all our junk in the trunk, loves us unconditionally? I sure am. I’m glad He gently reminds me that I need to be nice and treat people more like He does.
He knows everything about us. He knows our beginning and our end and accepts us. He sure won’t leave you the same — you can’t stay the same old you after encountering Him. You’ll see the world around you differently.
You might even be a better driver. I know I’m going to be more thoughtful when I go down the road.
Now, outta my way! 🙂