So let me start off by introducing myself….Hi, I am that crazy New Yorker who gets aggravated by everyone on the road and wishes you all stayed home. Nice to meet you!
No really….I grew up in New York and learned to drive there and this was BEFORE I was saved…so I am not 100% sure my driving is saved yet…but that is for another post.I am not 100% sure my driving is saved yet...but that is for another post. #grace Click To Tweet
I am firmly convinced the Lord is trying to teach me patience and He is doing it every time I get behind the wheel of my car. Every time I venture out of my house it is like I become the main character in some twisted video game….
Oh lookout, Barbara Belowthespeedlimit is slamming on her breaks to avoid killing that leaf!
Oh no, here comes Teresa Texter on her phone alongside of you so be careful to slam on your horn when she glides ever so gently over into your lane.
Watch out! Here comes Sammy Speed Racer behind you! He’s on your tail expecting you to speed excessively so he can get to his Impatient People’s Anonymous Meeting!
Oh and for bonus points…here is Roger Rightturnfromthelefthandlane! Be sure to avoid T-boning him as he crosses your path!!
Yes…as I said, I learned to drive before I was saved and my seeming intolerance for bad driving is still being dealt with by the Lord. Can we all say a prayer for me!!??
You see…my old self didn’t just suddenly cease to exist when I got saved. It definitely underwent some serious changes. I mean, I don’t yell at people out the window anymore so there’s that! But as a Christian, I want to keep it real for you.My old self didn't just suddenly cease to exist when I got saved. #keepingitreal #grace Click To Tweet
We don’t just change overnight. And while I make an attempt every day to have my old self buried, it has a resurrection every now and then, usually behind the wheel of a certain Chrysler convertible. It is a good thing His mercies are new every morning because I am pretty sure I exhaust much of mine the day before!
“Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed,Because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22-23 (NKJV)
But while I try to keep this humorous (and honest) for you, realize, that each time I get into the car it is truly a lesson in grace. You see, God is teaching me, from grace to grace, how to extend that same grace to others.God is teaching me, from grace to grace, how to extend that same grace to others #grace Click To Tweet
God uses opportunities like these ‘video game moments’ to show me that I too do things that, dare I say, annoy others! What??!! Me??!! Annoying?? Uh, yes! Very much at times! As I said…loud, opinionated New Yorker here!
God uses these moments, more so nowadays than others thankfully, to teach me to extend grace. To be more understanding. To put myself in the Louboutins of others (oh I love Louboutins…did I mention I also have shoe thing? So many things to deal with…but again, that’s another post…)
That woman that suddenly slams on her brakes…maybe she had a car accident recently and is still a little nervous on the road.
Teresa Texter in the lane next to me? Maybe she just found out a loved one is in the hospital and is rushing there while fielding calls from family members.
Sammy Speed Racer? Maybe his wife is in labor and is rushing to her side.
Roger Rightturnfromthelefthandlane? Maybe he is new in town and is still trying to find his way around.
You see..we all get in our bubbles sometimes and make assumptions that people are being rude or ignorant. And yes, that may well be the case at times. But sometimes it is simply people trying to get by in life.
And the same grace we hope people extend to us when we are having a rough time and make mistakes, that same grace we are blessed to have God extend to us when we slip up, is the same grace we should be quick to extend to others. We don’t know what is going on in someone’s life. So why not assume the best of people instead of the worse?
I once heard the phrase “Give gap, get gap” in reference to giving adequate space between cars on the highway…let’s be sure to give a little gap so we get some in return when we need it.We all get in our bubbles sometimes and make assumptions about people #assumptions Click To Tweet
Oh and if you see a crazy New Yorker in a Chrysler convertible in South Carolina…honk and wave hello! It’s likely me!