Upon reading this story again, at this time in my life, I was filled with joy. Joy, because I no longer am acting like a garbage truck. Joy, because I can read it and not think that this former pastor of mine is sending me messages via his blog. (this is the man who will not speak to me as a result of some of what I did and said) And joy because when I read this blog, the resentments of the past are gone from my heart! Hooray! (this is part of why I continued to read it - it was a wonderful exercise to be freed of resentment as I learned to read it through God's eyes and heart) I continue to pray and counsel about further amends for my part in the brokenness of this relationship, but what a joy to read this funny, but true, little story with a fresh perspective.
There was a time where I was the one being prayed for, I bet. Now, I am praying for them.
One day I hopped in a taxi and we took off for the airport. We were driving in the right lane when suddenly a black car jumped out of a parking space right in front of us. My taxi driver slammed on his brakes, skidded, and missed the other car by just inches! The driver of the other car whipped his head around and started yelling at us. My taxi driver just smiled and waved at the guy. And I mean, he was really friendly. So I asked, 'Why did you just do that? This guy almost ruined your car and sent us to the hospital! 'This is when my taxi driver taught me what I now call, 'The Law of the Garbage Truck.'
He explained that many people are like garbage trucks. They run around full of garbage, full of frustration, full of anger, and full of disappointment. As their garbage piles up, they need a place to dump it and sometimes they'll dump it on you. Don 't take it personally. Just smile, wave, wish them well, and move on. Don 't take their garbage and spread it to other people at work, at home, or on the streets. The bottom line is that successful people do not let garbage trucks take over their day. Life's too short to wake up in the morning with regrets, so...Love the people who treat you right. Pray for the ones who don't.
~Author unknown (I looked it up)
I pray that I do not act like a garbage truck...even though I know I have before, I thank God for His wonderful mercy, grace, and strength to overcome. May my life be a fragrant offering instead of stinky garbage. And, when I am faced with stinky garbage, I pray for the godliness to wave, smile, and move along.
Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.