So, as I’m leaving the gym parking lot this morning I’m thinking all of these lovely things. Praying for my kids. Thanking God that they are healthy and for the most part happy. Praying for my husband that the stress at work will lessen and he will feel a load lifted off of his shoulders. I back out of the parking spot and as I’m driving towards the exit a car comes out of nowhere and almost T-bones me on the passenger side of the car. We both brake in time and avoid a collision. I do a quick survey of the lot and make sure that I’m in the driving lane and that I do have the right – of – way. I do. This other driver is in the wrong because he is driving over parking spots to get to the exit as quickly as he can, instead of obeying the “lanes” of traffic, if you will.
As I look at him he throws his arms up in the air like a soccer player waiting for the ref to call a foul in his favor. I motion that I’m in the driving lane. He subsequently uses some words and backs his car up so I can continue on my way. While doing this, his mouth continues to say words that aren’t very nice.
Then, out of my mouth comes a word that I’m not proud of. If one of my children said this word, soap would be involved. He saw me say it and if he’s as good a lip reader as I apparently am, he knows what I said.
I drove away thankful that the accident was avoided but mad at myself for letting that ugliness come to the surface. I could have responded differently. I could have had more patience. He obviously was in a hurry to get somewhere and I, being a law abiding citizen, got in his way. But, the nastiness I showed him was uncalled for. Yes, he was a jerk, yes, he was in the wrong but my response was wrong.
Kids, I made you memorize this verse when you were little and now I need a reminder for my big mouth:
Ephesians 4:29 “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”
2 Timothy 2:19: “Nevertheless God’s solid foundation stands firm having this inscription the Lord knows those who are His and everyone who names the name of the Lord must turn away from unrighteousness.”
We know right from wrong in most situations. If there is a question of what is right or wrong, sifting it through God’s word most often gives us a clear direction. We have a responsibility, when we claim Jesus Christ as our savior, to turn away from unrighteousness. James 4:17 “Anyone then who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it sins.”
Think about it! In this crazy, chaotic world you and I making solid, Godly decisions in our everyday life shines a light in the darkness.
You might not think that your little life makes a difference but it does! People around you are watching. You claim Jesus as Lord and people watch. Take this responsibility seriously. The gift of salvation comes with responsibility.