Mary was in the process of leaving physical therapy in her car in a parking lot. She looked to her right and saw nothing but didn’t look to her left. As she began to pull out the oncoming driver laid on the horn letting Mary know her displeasure. Mary quickly realized her mistake and put up her arms to acknowledge her error and rolling down her window told the other driver, “I’m sorry.”
Later as Mary was pulling into a fast-food restaurant she noticed the woman she had almost cut off was in line in front of her. When it came time for Mary to drive up to the window and pay for her food the attendant said the woman in front had paid for her meal!
Proverbs 17:27--The intelligent person restrains his words, and one who keeps a cool head is a man of understanding.
It is amazing how effective a sincere apology is. Mary didn’t lose her cool and become defensive or agitated. She didn’t retaliate horn for horn. Nor did she ignore the other driver. Proverbs 16:24 says, “Pleasant words are a honeycomb: sweet to the taste and health to the body.” God’s Word gives us great insight—words do matter but so does the attitude that goes with the words. By remaining pleasant and admitting error, Mary defused a frustrated driver and then was rewarded. Apology accepted!
How’s your coolness factor? When you make a mistake do you don the cloak of humility or do you become combative? Restraining words and admitting guilt are not easy but they sure make a difference. Driving in traffic has a way of revealing our character and testing our attitude doesn’t it! Perhaps Mary had an advantage. Her Florida license plate says Emanuel. She’s made a statement of whom she follows. That brings with it a responsibility to be Christ-like. Something to think about . . . in reveration!
It is not whether your words or actions are tough or gentle; it is the spirit behind your actions and words that announces your inner state.—Rene Char
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Ecclesiastes 12:10-The Teacher sought to find delightful sayings and to accurately write words of truth. (Holman CSB)