Short Fuse

 

But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear their threats; do not be frightened.” But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,  keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.  I Peter 3:14-16

I am getting used to having a commute.

Granted, it is only 11 miles each way but with traffic, road work, school buses and/or stop lights, it takes me 25 to 35 minutes to go each way.  For those that know me, I tend to be short fused.  Driving does NOT bring out the best in me.  {God love my husband who commutes 90 miles each way to DC for work EVERY.SINGLE.WEEKDAY!}

Observing the behavior of other drivers has opened my eyes to the fact that we shine our Light in every activity of our day.  Some drivers wildly gesture how they feel about being cut off or yell out an obscenity at the cautious driver on the exit ramp.

Today, a large pick-up truck towing a trailer behind it pulled in front of the driver {of a pretty silver sedan} directly in front of me.  It required the driver in front of me and myself to slam on our brakes and swerve. I was immediately thankful we had all escaped contact with each other!  But, the two men {the driver of the truck and the driver of the sedan} couldn’t just keep driving.  The sedan driver honked {you could certainly argue he rightfully honked} at the driver of the truck.

What happened next shocked, scared and convicted me.

The driver of the pick up truck slammed on his brakes {almost causing another accident} and got out of his truck, motioning for the driver of the sedan to do the same.  I couldn’t get over into the left lane to avoid the two drama so I silently prayed.  “Don’t let him take the bait, God. Please impress on his heart to just keep driving”.

Thankfully, that is what he did.  I saw him run his hands through his hair, put his hands back on the steering wheel and keep driving.  The driver of the pick up truck still standing on the side of the road, yelling and gesturing obscenely.

Y’all, I live in a house FULL of testosterone.  A hubby and three teen boys.  I am well aware of the power of male pride.  I was proud of the gentleman driving the sedan for keeping on and avoiding unnecessary conflict.

My first reaction was to judge the pick up driver.  There was no need to act that way, right?

But, I felt God prompting my heart.  How many times have I over reacted to a mess the kids make?  A broken appliance?  An appointment running late?

How often have I been the one being obscene with my actions and my attitude, even when a word never passes my lips?

I have a short fuse.

Thankfully, I don’t power the Light.

Praying we all let our Light shine, commutes and all!

In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:16

Comments

  1. You raise a very good point Melissa. I’m quite a laid-back person, especially when I’m driving. Just like any other male (ah, probably human) though, if I’ve got a different opinion it’s not uncommon for people to hear it, especially those I’m comfortable around!

    We can say things about people until we’re blue in the face, but what kind of message does that send out? I love the first couple of verses in Romans 12. Although it almost changes this into a discussion of complacency… maybe that’s not too much of a bad thing.

    “So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out.” — Romans 12:1-2 (MSG)

  2. Amen!  The streets are getting too mean.  

  3. jhoge1945 says:

    It certainly isn’t pretty when someone loses their temper! 
    My momma used to always tell me “Don’t lose your  ‘Little Linda Temper’…no one else wants to find it!”

    This post makes you so mad at the truck driver…but then as you said, it convicts you of the times when you are ugly with others!  Dear God help us all to be more like you in all we say and do!

    Linda @ Truthful Tidbits
     

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