Thursday, May 14, 2009
I'm Going to Buy a New Car
Yes, its true. I'm going to buy a new car. One with missiles on the front of it like James Bond or something. Or, maybe I can get a rocket launcher, or some mounted .50 caliber cannons or something. I promise I wont hurt anybody with them, I just want to destroy their car.
Or, at least that's how I felt yesterday when someone I let in, didn't give me 'the wave'. Yes, I repented of it, but it was my initial reaction, that probably wasn't that 'pastorly'.
You know what I'm talking about though don't you? I was there, back of the line of cars, and this car comes up alongside me on the left, and pulls in the 36 inch gap between my bumper and car in front of me, and gets the nose of their car in there. I was feeling benevolent, so I let them in. And then it happened. No thank you 'wave'.
I don't think there is a quicker way to get me steamed when I driving.
There's not much I ask of my fellow drivers out there. The basics- don't litter, don't tailgate, keep with the flow of traffic, and the final and most important one- When I let you in, I want 'the wave'.
There's something about gratitude I guess. I know, I'll never see that person again. We'll never go and have some Frappucinos together or go on a walk through the countryside, but that's irrelevant. When someone does something nice, its important to have some gratitude no matter how small it is.
Some of you hardliners will say that as a Pastor its my ministry to serve with reckless abandon, regardless of whether or not anyone is thankful. And I agree with that. I can handle preaching, teaching, serving, loving people until it hurts. But when it comes to driving. I want 'the wave'.
Its Biblical- 1 Thessalonians 5:18 give thanks in all circumstances, and to me, that includes 'the wave'. We should be people who give thanks for everything, including being let in the line in traffic.
Be thankful today. Give someone the 'wave' when they let you in. Show some gratitude out there.
ps. Am I the only one? I'd love to hear your comments.