Monday, February 20, 2017

Road Lessons - Bonita Y. McCoy

2Corinthians 5:20 So we are now representatives of the Anointed One, the Liberating King; God has given us a charge to carry through our lives – urging all people on behalf of the Anointed to become reconciled to the Creator God (The Voice Bible).

The other day, I was driving home from running errands. I came to a familiar corner and stopped at the yield sign, so I could look to see if the road was clear.
This is a habit I acquired after my first accident as a teenager in which I failed to stop at a yield sign and the other car had the right of way. Needless to say, my father, the police officer, was not happy with his daughter when he showed up at the scene of the accident.

So, it was well embedded in me to stop and look.

The guy behind me did not hold the same conviction, and in his impatience, honked his horn at me.

For some reason, this just got all over me. I mean it wasn’t like I hung out for a long stretch at the yield sign. I stopped, glanced, heard the honk, and went.

So, I turned into a gas station and let the person go ahead of me.
Once I was back on the road, however, the thought entered my mind to catch up with the honker and give him a taste of his own medicine.

But as I neared him, another thought presented itself. How will this reflect on Christ? Boy, did that cool my jets.

How is my retaliating and honking at this person going to reflect on my Savior?

After all, I am his representative in this world.

Then a flood of scripture came to mind:  Do unto others, we are not our own, love your enemies.


So, instead I turned on some music and stayed a reasonable distance behind him.
To my surprise, but not God’s, he turned onto my street. Yep. Then into the subdivision where I go to walk.  The honker was a neighbor.

What we do carries weight not because of who we are, but because of whose we are. If our actions do not reconcile others to God, then we need to change our actions. This is one road lesson I plan on remembering. 

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