Dear Fellow Driver,
I first noticed your car as I was driving to work because of the faded Mike Huckabee bumper sticker in your window. Kindness welled up in my heart as I remembered the common cause that we strove for.
When I had to get over because of temporary construction in my lane, I waited (not so) patiently for someone to let me in. I was frustrated as it was clearly not my fault that there was a construction vehicle blocking my lane and no other car was going to let me (or any of the 50 cars behind me) get over in front of them. But you did. That’s when I noticed that you had a license plate on the front of your car with our church’s logo on it.
I realized at that moment that we had more in common than a favorite political candidate. We sat in the same pews (or chairs, as our church has), listened to the same teaching, and heard the encouragement of our pastors to love our neighborhood.
That’s exactly what you were doing. You didn’t know that I was a member of the same church, let alone a Christian. You were neighborly because that’s what we’re called to do, and how we can be witnesses to those around us.
Thank you for your kindness to me and more importantly for being a good witness of our church and, above all, Christ. So many times Christians (and I’m definitely including myself in on this one!) seek after our own good above the interests of others. We know better, but we do it anyway. We get caught up in the go, go, go and the the materialism of our culture and forget that we have a higher calling (Philippians 3:20).
If I happen to see you at church, I probably won’t tell you this because I’m a wimp about talking to strangers. But know that I thank you, fellow driver, for this timely reminder and allowing the light of Jesus Christ to shine through you in this dark world.