Sunday, June 10, 2018

Choose Who's Driving

Daily Gratitude Year 6- Day 162: Today, I am grateful we can choose who's driving. 

"Driving Miss Daisy" (1989) was a great movie. If you haven't seen it... as it is by now considered old or classic... it is worth the time. Morgan Freeman and Jessica Tandy create a wonderful film together about the deep enduring friendship between an southern jewish matriarch and her black chauffeur . Their friendship crosses social and cultural barriers of the day. The film starts in the 1940's and ends in the early 70's. 

Hoke drove Miss Daisy all over town and eventually became her housekeeper, too. They fuss at each other, but the relationship grows when the learn to really listen to each other. Not just superficially, but to what the other was really saying. 

Listening isn't always easy. Many of the woes in today's world grow from our inabilities to communicate effectively. Everyone wants to have their say, but few listen. When we learn to listen, we gain insight and understanding. This Bob Goff quote sums it up well. 

"Most of our decisions are driven by either love or fear. Figure out who's doing the talking, then decide what you'll do. - Bob Goff

Love or fear? When we learn to courageously love, fear loses its power. Who's doing the talking?

There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. -1 John 4:18 

We can choose love. We can allow fear to cripple us. Choices. When we attempt to see others with his eyes, everything changes. When love drives our actions and decisions, it has an impact on all we say and do. 

Love changes everything. 

Today, I am grateful we can choose who's driving. 

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