Recently my oldest son Matthew graduated from Colleton County High School. There could not have been two prouder parents watching that day. We took every picture we could and enjoyed all that day had to offer. The only thing I didn’t like was what we encountered in our attempt to exit the school parking lot.
Do realize there were hundreds of people filling Cougar stadium that day. So it was expected that it would not be an easy task to get anywhere quickly. My graduate son and I rode together on our way to his graduation party not even a mile away. Well a mile might as well have been one hundred miles.
I’m not joking when I say it took over 30 minutes before we even moved out of our parking space. We watched as car after car passed by determined not to let anyone take the space in front of them. I had never seen anything like it. I’m talking about people that would look you dead in the face like they might kill you should you pull out in front of them.
I must admit that this preacher was doing all he could to let the spirit of God continue to lead him. At one point, I literally rolled down my window to speak out kindly to one lady the words “What are you teaching your children?” My graduated son was like “Daddy you’re going to get us killed.” To which I replied, “Sadly, you’re probably right son. But, I just can’t believe someone would conduct themselves in certain ways while their kids are watching their total unselfishness.”
Now, I can’t speak for those folks, but my momma raised me differently. I was raised to consider others’ needs more than my own. I was raised to open doors and look for ways to show kindness. Honestly, I find the opportunity to do such things is a joy, not a burden. It was obvious that many passing me by that day did not feel the same way. You could see it on their face and in their actions.
For those who have had this kind of stuff happen to them before I don’t feel the need to explain. I do want to challenge all reading this right now to not be that person. Don’t be so rude, but look for ways to show kindness. Don’t be all about yourself, but consider others above yourself. Don’t rob yourself of the blessing that comes when you love your neighbor as yourself.
“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” (Colossians 3:12)(NIV)