I had a great morning! We had some fantastic worship and I really enjoyed where we went today in our teaching on prayer. I really loved connecting with folks today as well. After the worship service, I hung out for awhile and helped get our activity center ready for the start of our “At the Movies” series that starts next Sunday.
On the way home, I stopped briefly to grab a Strawberry slush from our local Sonic. I go there quite a bit and one of the girls knows me and gave me the drink “on the house.” Pretty cool!
So, I headed to the frontage road of the interstate that I usually jump on. I must have been moving out of the lane a bit since the car behind began to honk incessantly. I quickly adjusted my car and allowed the other vehicle to pass. The other person passed and gave me the universal sign of …. well, you get the picture!
At first, I smiled as if to say, “Oh well.” But, then slowly a little indignation began to spread through my system. “I didn’t deserve that!” “Sure, I deserve the horn, but not the degrading middle finger.”
In that moment, I wanted to catch up to the woman who was driving the vehicle and give her a stern “talking to.” Or, maybe, I could just follow her and give her a gentle bump with my car at the next light and then give her a quick “tsk”, “tsk” as I shake my head.
In one moment, I almost lost all of that good feeling I had collected through these positive experiences. I almost let it get to me and allow it to ruin my day. Isn’t that typical. One bad thing can wipe out all the good stuff. As I reflected on this, my smile returned. I wasn’t going to allow this one unhappy person destroy my contentment.
If I could just remember this lesson next time!