Today I stole a parking spot...from a cancer patient. Ugh. How will I live with myself? I was schlepping the kids off to the gym this morning in 2 degree windchill and begging for a good parking spot. Often we park along the side of the gym (near sidewalks) but VERY far from the only entry of the edifice.
I lucked out today though and spotted the perfect location as close to the entry as possible. I booked it straight for the spot. When I stopped to wait for the car to pull out, I put on my blinker. As the car pulled away, I saw another car waiting with blinkers on...for MY spot.
We stared each other down but the other blinked first and gave me a friendly wave to take the spot. Happy with myself, I begin to pull in to my coveted spot...only to notice the SUV that also wanted my spot was being driven by a woman with a turbin on her head. I've seen her at the gym before and although I don't don't know her story, there is no denying that she is recovering from a bout with chemotherapy.
I thought I was so justified in taking the spot...what with my 3 kids under 6 and the 2 degree windchill. Until I saw her. There is a reason that the Bible asks us to consider others better than ourselves*.
It's ironic...I started this post as a humorous poke at myself and really all of us. We get so worked up about parking spots and such, even though I went to the gym to get exercise. This post that I'd hoped would be funny is now totally convicting to me. Great. That's really what I need today.
Next time maybe I'll remember that I'm not the only one with a handicap. (ie. my 3 kids of course).
*Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.