Sunday, September 29, 2013

Just show the way

The traffic was a bit slow, but when I came to the exit, the ramp was full, even backing up onto the highway.  I knew that to the east on this chosen road, there was a bit of construction, the congestion intensified by a brilliant Saturday morning.  Everyone was out and about.

The cars were not moving at all.  When the traffic light turned green, there was simply no movement, no place for the cars to go.  And so, we sat.

Then quite suddenly, a vehicle sped past the entire line of cars.  He drove in a lane that not one of us knew was there.  He possessed a freedom we didn't know existed.  There was another way after all.  We didn't HAVE to turn right into the traffic.  We could turn left at the light and and completely avoid the traffic tie-up.  We didn't have to go that way.

It didn't even occur to me that there was another path, a better route to travel.  We were all lined up with no place to go.  It didn't have to be that way.

As soon as that first car zipped past the line, cars began pulling out and choosing to go this other way.  It was not until I saw that other guy that I actually thought about how else I could navigate this dilemma.  We all had brains.  They just were stuck in the "following" mode.

That first driver did not stop his vehicle and shout at us how stupid we were.  He just led by example.  The way he drove revealed to us that it didn't have to be this way.  There is another way to handle this.

And as Christians, we have a responsibility to do the same:  to live a life worthy of the LORD, to love counterculturally, and to be a witness to the grace of God by how we live.  

Does anyone see anything different in me?  

Sometimes people just don't realize that there is something more than the narrow limits this culture insists upon.  Live it hilariously with great love.

You are the light of the world.

                      Matthew 5.14

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