I stopped at a red light this morning. Not yellow. Not green. But red.
The gentleman behind me was not happy with my decision. Granted, we were both turning right. And in our home state, turning right on red is permissible—after stopping and after making sure the way is clear.
Now, I’ll confess that I’ve sometimes been known to “roll through” these right-on-red occasions. But my daughter, who was also in the car, is learning to drive. And I’m trying to be more careful about being a good example and doing the right thing.
The above-mentioned gentleman didn’t seem to think too highly of my choice to do the right thing. During my 1.3 second stop, he honked. When we drove away, he rode my bumper. Then he pulled up beside us, rolled down his window, and blessed our day with his opinions—all in front of his own teenage daughter. I did not roll down my window to hear his opinions. Instead, I smiled and waved. And, yes, all five fingers were involved . 😉
His actions bothered me. Why so much anger? I mentally reviewed my stop at the red light. Had the light really been green? No, it was definitely red. Did I stay stopped too long? No, barely a second or two, just long enough to make sure the other cars weren’t going my way. So why all the anger? I just did the right thing.
But the right thing apparently wasn’t on his agenda this morning—and I got to hear about. (Or I would have if I’d rolled down my window.).
As I thought about it more, I realized I’d better get used to it. I’d better get used to people not being happy with my decisions to do the right thing.
Because doing the right thing—in issues far more important than turning right on red—isn’t on a lot people’s agendas. So when I choose right over wrong, when I choose God’s ways over the world’s ways, I’m probably going to hear about it.
That’s okay. I may not like it or enjoy it, but that’s okay. Why? Because:
“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and
falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.
Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven.”
So I’ll keep trying to do the right thing. Yes, I’ll mess up and “roll through” a red light now and then, but I’ll keep trying. And when others get angry, I’ll keep going.