The Lowest of Lows
Yesterday, I resorted to the lowest of lows. Well, pretty low. Let me explain.
I wasn’t paying attention and I got a speeding ticket on Sunday afternoon. 50 in a 35 zone. Busted. No excuse.
It was just me an Harper in the car. She was hungry and I was trying to meet up with Jen down the road so we could stop and feed her.
The officer walked to my window, asked for my cards, and strolled back to his vehicle. Meanwhile, Harper was crying hysterically in the backseat. I was devestated. Not only did I “get caught”, but my baby was starving and she had to wait.
A minute later, Harper calmed down and appeared to fall back asleep.
At that moment however, I peered in my rearview mirror to see the officer getting out of his car.
What did I do?
I reached back behind my seat and gently nudged Harper so that she started crying again.
I was in desperation mode. At the minumum, I wanted the officer to at least feel bad for giving me a ticket because of my bawling infant in the backseat–not to mention the screaming might provide an extra sympathy point or two.
Mr. Po-Po gave me the spiel and wrote me up.
I resorted to the lowest of lows. I made my baby cry in order to make a police officer feel bad. Not my finest moment, for sure.
Looking back, in that moment I elevated myself over something much more important: the well being of my daughter. Yes, it’s a funny example, but such an important one. Even in the simple and small, God calls us to value others above ourselves. He wants a humble heart that is eager to prefer others.
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. (Philippians 2:3-4)
This rather embarrassing example reminded me to prefer and serve other people… and pay more attention to road.