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 feels like they should be first. When I was younger, I had a uncontrollable urge to be passing other cars. While I never considered it a selfish notion, I do realize I probably did cut many drivers off. Today, 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? 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 Australian singer debuted her first album, God, in the US. It went gold and made Rebecca St. James an overnight star in Christian music. Her first album 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 during our commutes? What if we began being selfless and showed the love of Christ to our fellow commuters? I bet that kind of kindness would be repaid multiple times throughout the day. Go ahead, try it and see what happens.