- THE SITUATION:
Ok, I am not saying what I did was right, i’m just saying I never made the connection. Allow me set the scene a little bit. The Washington DC area had just been hammered by the second major snow storm of the year and parking was at a serious premium. I was pulling up to church, where I work and two of my children go to preschool, and I noticed an open parking spot directly in front of the main doors of the church. Bonus! And, someone had even cleared a little path through the three foot piles of snow on the sidewalk, directly in front of that parking spot, so my kids didn’t have to climb mountains of snow to get to the other side. God was certainly smiling on me this particular morning.
- THE NOTE:
At noon I picked up the kids from school, to go meet Rachel at our normal drop-off place, and while the kids were climbing into the car I noticed something moving on my windshield. Someone had taken time out of their day to leave me a note on my car. This day was only getting better and better! Wrong! I guess the little path someone had taken the time to dig out was designed to let everyone get through to the other side of the sidewalk, not just the person parked in that spot. Duoh! Well, you can read below the kind words someone left me on my car. ”Thoughtless”? Maybe. “Jerk”? Ouch! Now that’s just mean!
The reality of this note is that someone was so upset with me that they took the time to find an envelope and a pen and craft the thoughtful prose you see before you. I am hoping that it was no one that works at my church. I was thinking about running a 007 top secret handwriting analysis mission to see if I could find the author. An experiment like that would probably end badly.
So, for the last 2 months I have kept this note in my car visor to remind me how it feels when someone says something mean about you, even if you don’t know the person. This note helped me realize that when I do something stupid I want people to handle me with grace. But, when someone else does something dumb I want justice done, and I want it done immediately! This post is a reminder to offer grace (unmerited favor) to the people around you because God offers it to us first, in the form of the cross! It also is to reminds us that words, both mean and nice, have real power to them. Proverbs 15:4 – “Gentle words are a tree of life; a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.”
Ok, what would you have said to me if you wrote the note on my car? Would you have been meaner? Nicer? The best, most creative, pretend note on my car will win a box of cool greeting cards and envelopes to write encouraging letters to some of your friends. If you haven’t become an RSS or email subscriber to the ordained barista yet please do so! You’ll never know how much it helps!