Most of you are aware that since we moved here almost five years ago my primary means of transportation has been a 2008 red Suzuki Grand Vitara. Most of you probably know that my family grew by one “medium” dog a couple of weeks ago.
Over this past Christmas, we took our shih-tuz Princeton to San Antonio with us. We took Monica’s car, a Kia Forte. Even with a small dog, the back seat got very crowded, very quickly.
Gabriel, Jamie’s dog, just would not fit in Monica’s car with Jamie and Rachel in the back seat. Nor would he fit in our Suzuki with the girls in the back seat.
We had known this for several months and had been searching for a bigger vehicle, but had not found one that would work for us. Well, this past week, God provided what we needed.
We traded in the Suzuki on a Dodge Grand Caravan. We all fit nicely in the van and, when we go to San Antonio to see my parents in a couple of weeks, we should be comfortable, but not cozy.
On Tuesday, Monica, Jamie and Gabriel had something to do in Bentonville. So I took Jamie and Gabriel (Rachel went too - there was Starbucks involved) to meet Monica.
Once we got our drinks, we changed cars. Rachel and I took Monica’s Kia and Monica, Jamie, and Gabriel took the van.
The Suzuki was a small SUV. The van is, well, a van. The Kia is, well, SMALL! I had never really noticed it before, but the road looks a lot different when you’re driving a small car verses a minivan.
My point is perspective. From the driver’s seat of a minivan, you have a different perspective than from the driver’s seat of a small car. Everything looks different...because of your point of view. This doesn’t mean that one is inherently better than the other, just the point of view is different.
We meet people every day who may have a different perspective than we do about life. They are not bad people, they just have a different point of view towards things going on in the world.
We need to be patient with those who have a different perspective. We don’t know what they are going through...but by being patient with them we can share a more important perspective with them: the perspective of Jesus Christ.