Dear Sirs or Madams:
I just wanted to let you know that I'm praying for you. Four of you cut me off in traffic last Friday while I was driving with my 6 week old baby in the car. You cut me off while I was minding my own business and wasn't in your way in the least bit. You cut me off because you were in a hurry, or weren't paying attention, or whatever.
When you cut me off last week, my first thought was to get mad and to lash out at you. However, because I had my baby in the car, and most of the time I have my 2 year old in the car, I restrained myself. I've begun to notice how many times I let things like this get under my skin and I gripe and complain and call you names. My 2 year old is going to repeat some of the things that I have said, and I don't want to hear that coming out of my son's mouth. But I digress...
I heard from a friend that when someone cuts you off in traffic, you should pray for them. So here it goes...
"Dear God...please let there be a cop waiting for this person around the next bend. Please let them get caught speeding or passing someone else illegally and the cop sees it and they get in a bunch of trouble. In Jesus' name, Amen."
Wait a minute...that may not be what my friend was talking about. Let me try again.
"Dear God, please keep the driver of that car safe. They may be trying to get to a loved one who is sick or hurt. Please keep their mind clear so they can make wise decisions while they are driving so they don't cause themselves or someone else to get hurt. In Jesus' name, Amen."
OK. I've prayed for you. But now I think I need to pray for myself as well...
"Dear God...my mouth has been a bit too busy this morning. Please help me to watch my mouth because I've got little ears listening. Please change my heart toward other drivers. Help me not to get angry or bitter because of someone else's actions. The only person I have to worry about is me. Help me to be a safe and careful driver so my family and I can make it to our many destinations safely and securely. In Jesus' name, Amen."
Consider yourself prayed for, other drivers. And for the rest of you on the road with me, if you cut me off, I'll pray for you, too. You have been warned.