Things had been piling up on me, and I was on the verge of having a bad attitude. One of my tires was almost flat, so I had to make an unplanned stop at a gas station to get air. There were several vehicles parked around the air machine, but nobody was using it. The car directly in front of it was backing out as I pulled in, so I was grateful to be able to pull right in and fill my tire. Then I took the opportunity to top off the other three tires too. It was wicked cold out there, and I was fumbling with my gloves and the whole affair ended up taking quite a while.
As I was hanging up the hose, a guy got out of the one of the vehicles that had been there before me, and I suddenly realized that he had been waiting for the air and that I had cut in front of him. I felt bad as I said, "Oh...did I cut in front of you? I'm really sorry." This guy actually smiled and said, "You're ok. It was nice and warm in my truck." If he had given me the dirty look and rude comments I deserved, it would have pushed me over the precipice into a full-blown bad attitude. Instead, his kindness and grace stopped me short and turned me around. I know for sure what my own reaction would have been if the situation had been reversed, and I would not have been as gracious. I would have been selfish, impatient, angry, entitled. It was a good reminder that I need to be more like that guy, who did what Jesus would have done.
I just read this to the kids, and Sarah said, "What would Jesus be doing in a truck? He flies a plane." ?????