I sometimes suffer from something similar to split personality. At least, that’s what I call it. Let me set the scene for you…
I’m driving to work and listening to my radio or CD. I often have the radio station turned to one of the local Christian stations. Alone in my car, I sing and worship. Just me, my travel mug coffee and God. I’m happy. You can tell I’m happy because I’m joyfully singing songs about love. The lyrics go something like this.
God loves me, God loves you, God loves all of us. Oh, how I love grace...(Aren’t you glad I’m not a song writer? But you get the idea.)
And then it happens, Mr. Pinhead comes on the scene. Yesterday, Mr. Pinhead and I were stopped at a red light together. I was in the right lane….(did you notice the word “right”). He was in the left lane. The light turns green. I take off. Mr. Pinhead takes off too. And suddenly, just like cats often have this strong, immediate desire to go from the kitchen to the living room, Mr. Pinhead moves over into my lane. There was no one behind him. There was no need for him to do this. He just decided he wanted to be right in front of me. But here’s the problem, I wasn’t done accelerating. I hadn’t yet reached my preferred cruising altitude.
God loves me, God loves you, God loves all of us. Oh, how I love grace…What the heck?!
I wish I could say I made the grace-filled decision. But, I didn’t. I instantly decided that I could act like a cat too. I darted into the left lane, accelerated quickly, reached my preferred cruising altitude and moved back over in front of Mr. Pinhead and continued on my journey.
God loves me, God loves you, God loves all of us. Oh, how I love grace…
Anybody else see a problem with this picture, besides the fact that one of the characters is referred to as Mr. Pinhead? The Lord used this episode to convict me yesterday. Grace is just a word I sing about if I don’t learn to live it out in my daily life. Sure, I can sing about God’s love and His grace…but that doesn’t mean anything if it doesn’t change the way I react to the people I encounter along the way.
Next time, I hope to extend grace. Because pinheads need grace too. And, unfortunately, next time, I might be the pinhead needing some grace.
Linking up with Tracy today over at Winsome Wednesday.