The Bird

I was driving home yesterday from work, not feeling well, when I noticed a slow driver turning through the intersection and the person behind them honking and generally, impatient.

Photo Credit: Shelby Troutwine

As the second driver passed by the first, a hand went out the window with a casual gesture (which everyone is familiar with – you know the oneI'm number one) otherwise known as “The Bird”.

I started thinking, there are many forms that this “Bird” takes on.  There is:

  • The Straight Up Bird – most popular
  • The Sideways Bird – casual, yet still effective in some situations
  • The “I Can't Make Up Mind” Bird – disfunction

You are probably thinking, what on earth is Dave talking about.  Should he be talking about this? Don't fret, I do have a point.  I realized that our actions (The Bird included for some), are just symptoms of a much deeper pain that exists within our soul.

When someone has shown you “The Bird”, it is because they are frustrated with you or your actions.  Am I any different when I am banging my hands on the steering wheel behind a slow driver or yelling at someone who cuts me off in traffic?  I don't throw up “The Bird”, that's not who I am, but I am guilty of banging my hands on the steering wheel and yelling at people who cut me off in traffic.

I get frustrated and I show it; however, I am called to show a different side.  I have the life-changing power of Jesus in my life – that is what I should show, not the other actions.  We are human, and we still show human emotion and that includes frustration.

So…here's my challenge…when it comes to being frustrated – think before you act – you never know when that one simple action may be the open door to a person's heart, simply, because you chose not to act when you really wanted to.  That is a heart change.

Question:  How are you doing with responding to frustrating moments? Share in the comments below.

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