Don’t make your problem my problem …

“They were beside themselves with anger, and started plotting how they might get even with him.” Luke 6:11

ProblemsOne day after volunteering at the hospital, I headed home on 103rd Avenue. A car followed closely behind. This 25 mph street is frequently used by non-residents to avoid the stoplights and heavier traffic on 99th Avenue, which has a 40 mph limit. I sensed the driver wanted me to speed up, but I maintained the speed limit.

Before long the aggressive driver flashed his headlights at me. This form of harassment only affected me when I drove on the Autobahn in Germany. By the time I got to my street, Cameo Drive, and slowed down to make a turn, the tailgater swerved around me, honking like a Canadian goose heading south for the winter.

What made this driver so angry? If he was late getting somewhere, that was his own problem. If he’d had a bad day at work, don’t make your problem my problem. If he hates the way Sun City seniors drive, then he should compete with the drivers in Peoria.

We have a choice in how we respond to pet peeves or incidents that drive us crazy. Anger is a poor choice.

Lord, give us patience when we begin to feel angry. Amen.

About lindagillis

I am a retired church office servant, a writer, speaker for conferences, events, and retreats, and advocate for those who work in the church office. I began writing seriously after winning the 2006 Guideposts Writer's Workshop and being published in "Guideposts" and "Angels on Earth" magazines. I have self-published two book, "The Donut Theory--Meditation and Inspiration for the Church Office" and "Humble Beginnings--Daily Meditation Moments". My other passion is family and traveling to visit family and friends.
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