Every city has a different way of driving. Just because you know how to drive in one city, does not mean you know how to drive in another. This is most true in large cities. Atlanta driving is different from Dallas driving. Which are both different than L.A. driving or Boston driving. There is, however, one trait that seems to be consistent no matter where you go. The only exception might be Japan, but we won’t go into that right now. The trait is an impatience with the other driver.
Whoever gets behind the wheel feel like they should be first. The notion of selfies has permeated every generation when it comes to driving. All drivers are consumed with what is best for them and too many forget they are on the road with thousands of other drivers. Watch how many people cut each other off during the commute to or from work. How many horns get blasted and watch the animation from the drivers around you. Even the most considerate people like to drive in the fast lane and go below the speed limit. This type of selfish action tends to bring the worst out of people.
In 1994 an Australia singer debuted her first album, God, in the US. It went gold and made Rebecca St. James an instant hit. On her first album she had a song called You then Me. Just a few of the lyrics are:
It’s my turn, it’s not your turn
It’s my turn, get outta my way
It’s my turn, go on complain
I’m comin’ through anyway
Don’t ask me why I’m like this
But lately I’m wonderin’ if It’ll come to pass
That the last shall be first and the first shall be last
Then the voice says.
Here’s the way it oughtta be
You then me then you then me
Well, I pray one day we’ll all agree
And take it you then me then you then me
Life could go you then me then you then me
It’s easy, you wait then go
It’s easy, so make your move
It’s easy, don’t clown around
Could’ve gone six times by now
But no sir, you gotta be a pain
Or is this your own way of sayin’
We should all cool down
And be more like the man who was born back in Bethlehem town?
What would happen if we actually adopted an attitude that we don’t have to be first? That we don’t have to cut people off. That we really don’t need to be mad at the stupid move another person does behind the wheel. What if we showed them a little bit of Jesus? What would happen if we stopped being selfish and being a little selfless during our commutes? I bet that kind of kindness would be repaid multiple times throughout the day. Go ahead, try it and see what happens.
Action for the day
When you are driving today, make the choice to be selfless. Let another person go first at a four way stop. Allow a person to enter a busy intersection. Let someone cross the street. Don’t honk your horn, don’t give anyone a friendly gesture, don’t yell at another driver. Instead, smile, wave, and be friendly. Be courteous and watch how your kindness gets passed forward. Today, make a difference in someone else’s commute or drive around town.
Prayer for the day
Heavenly Father, you want us to be selfless. You role modeled selflessness when you sent Your Son to die for us. Help me bring You into the car with me today. Help me to have the mind of Christ as I drive and interact with other drivers. Let the Kingdom of Heaven invade the roadways, tollways, freeways and parkways. Let Your peace flood every car that gets on the road. I thank You that You can do all this and more. It is in the powerful name of Jesus that I ask this. Amen.