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Traffic, Arghh!

It was a hilarious comment. One that just begged to be made fun of. And though I rarely laugh at people (I try to stay on the level of laughing with people), this statement got me chuckling right before their very eyes.

They stated they hated to go into Lynchburg, because the traffic was like driving in New York City.

This is not Lynchburg

If I had been drinking milk, it would have spewed through my nose. Now it Is true that traffic in my little town of Appomattox is basically nil. The only time I’ve had traffic issues is when the Amish buggy was in front of me and I had to wait for a good time to pass. And it is also true to go to Lynchburg (the closest mid-sized town) means more traffic.

And it is also true there are spots of traffic jams with consistent backups … but we can talk about the Chick-fil-A drive through another day. Ward Avenue is a moderately trafficked road. But New York City?

I’ve driven through NY a few time, but I’ve lived in Dallas many years, as well as NoVa (northern Virginia) outside of Washington DC – all three known for traffic, constant construction, and money hungry toll roads. Lynchburg is not NYC.

So I love my traffic around here. People driving courteously. Giving, not taking, right of way. Waving at fellow drivers – with all five fingers.

But I read a quote this week that got me thinking of even a better stretch of road to be seen on, a road our GPS may not suggest, but one we should be taking regularly. And a road too many people avoid.

There’s always less traffic on the extra mile

John C Maxwell

Wow. Ka-Boom. Mind blown.

Jesus talked about the way we are to be treating people. Turning the other cheek, giving your coat when they demand your shirt, and going the second mile. What was Jesus talking about …

In his earthly days, the Romans could subjugate and humiliate citizens of captured lands by demanding anyone could be made to carry the Romans’ luggage for one mile beyond the city. Jesus said to carry it a second mile.

Again … Wow. Ka-Boom. Mind blown.

And in that second mile comes opportunity. Opportunity to share you care, to talk about the good news of the Gospel, to explain how Jesus went the second mile to save all who would believe.

We are to be looking for these opportunities to serve and to share. In a world of people looking out for themselves, we are to be different. Believers are to be living on the second mile – looking out for others more than ourselves.

Where does your GPS say you are? Is it on the extra mile? If not, then maybe you need to redirect.

Oversized Load – Are You One?

We’ve all seen them, we’ve all been trapped behind them, and many of us may have even pounded the steering wheel with frustration wondering if we’ll ever get around that oversize load in front of us.

I was driving the other day and got trapped behind two oversize loads in a row. The first one was a double length tree carrier with multiple hardwood samples of oak and walnut and other pieces of wood headed for a craftsman to make beautiful works of art (at least that was my hope for them). As soon as I passed that one, I was then trapped behind another double length oversize load. But this one had two huge sheds. Interestingly, as soon as I passed those I got trapped behind a school bus.

I’ve had worse commutes.

Life is like this sometimes. We are delayed, or blocked, or just simply annoyed by other peoples baggage and oversize loads. We may complain, fuss, or even get mad at the other person. But if we were to truly think about our life, I think there are times when we are the ones carrying an oversize load.

I am not talking physically here. I’m not talking about that I am an oversize load that physically makes it hard for people to get around me. I admit I could lose a few pounds, but I’m talking emotionally and spiritually and our inner-self. We carry unforgiveness, bitterness, jealousy, envy, and a number of other wide load packages.

It would be interesting if we would have to do what the oversize load trucks would have to do. What would it be like if we had to put a sign on our back that said oversize load — danger — bitterness on board? Maybe we might even have to have another vehicle trailing us to warn people to stay away or to give us a wide berth if they are to come on the same road. That may make life more interesting, but I don’t think it would settle our problems.

It would be interesting if we would have to do what the oversize load trucks would have to do. What would it be like if we had to put a sign on our back that said oversize load — danger — bitterness on board?

I’m not trying to be a little hard to just miss the fact that many of us have serious issues that need to be addressed. But I am trying to share that there are times that we do not let people realize what we’re going through. We try to hide and suppress these difficult times. But these should be the times that we are reaching out and that we are finding how important friendship really is.

I also hope that if you’re going through one of these times you realize how important knowing God is. He desires for you to cast your concerns on him for he cares for you. He is the God who loves us even in our messiness. And when he knows were carrying a wide load, he wants to take that burden from us.

So today, if you know someone that is caring a oversize load, don’t shake your fist in frustration but do what you can to help then. There will be a day when you’ll have the one with the load and you’ll need their help them. I’m glad I’ve got friends and I’m glad I’ve got Jesus.

Have a blessed day.

It’s Raining Money

Presidents and Founding Father’s were falling down all over the interstate around Atlanta. Not their corpses but their faces on multiple one, five, ten, and twenty dollar bills. About $175,000 dollars worth.

What would you do if you saw money raining down? Video captured around 50 cars pulling over to see if they could help … help relieve them of the money that is.

An armored car back door flew open … and out the paper-gold came. Once police arrived and they helped collect the currency, they came up with a mere fraction of the original amount.

Police are asking those that collected the loose money to return it with no repercussion. People are starting to do this, but some are also posting on FB videos of themselves grabbing the “free” money. Oops. Bad move. Law enforcement officers are looking through social media, getting license plates from videos, and starting to collect names of those that might have some of the booty.

It’s not the weirdest, or eve most expensive, traffic jam due to spills. There was a truck in Italy that spilled over 2 million in coins … coins.

So, today … I list a few weird spills … maybe you’ve been in a weird one too. I would love to hear about it.

  • 26 dead alligators (or what Louisiana calls, the gumbo truck)
  • The “Great Syrup Spill” all over a highway. A nearby restarting owner made pancakes, took a picture, and got international fame.
  • Still hungry, there was the pizza spill that closed down an interstate in Little Rock.
  • Wash the pizza down with either Fireball Whiskey (which actually started a fire, oh the irony) or the 60,000 pounds of Busch Beer.
  • There was the zoo animals in East Texas … penguins and an octopus.
  • 400 beehives in Idaho … wow
  • A tomahawk missile in the Bronx. Now let’s talk gun control.

And lastly, 12 tons of liquid milk chocolate. So sad, the travesty. But the situation got worse as the chocolate began to harden and turn the highway into a slippery nightmare … as bad as solid ice.

I’ve had my own spill. I bought a bushel of apples near Cana, Va … a car hit me. My apples spilled all over the mountain road. At least it didn’t take the 19 hours it took to clean the chocolate.

So … lesson for the day is to stay alert, you never know what will be on your morning commute.


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