…We too were foolish…But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, He saved us…because of His mercy. Titus 3:3-5 (NIV)
Weary and hungry past midnight, I wanted to reach Bucharest quickly to bring home Yuletide gifts. On Piteste Highway, I outraced every car, ignoring traffic rules despite the snow flurries. After all, I was a foreign diplomat driving a Mercedes in Romania.
A car sped from behind until we were neck-to-neck. Worse, it was a locally-made Dacha. I had to win. Suddenly, a deer from the nearby woods ran to cross my path. I quickly pressed the brakes, but still hit the animal. My hood damaged, I stopped, angry for losing the race.
Resuming my journey, I discovered the Dacha hit a truck, was totally damaged, and its passenger lying on the pavement, covered with newspaper, bloodied, dead. Shocked, I felt compassion, regret, and guilt. Killing a deer was bad enough, but worse—I may have led a person to a tragic end.
Convicting me for my arrogance, God emphasized that Love—not pride—is the reason for living, the foundation of His sovereignty, judgment, and mercy. He gave me a second chance to accept Jesus Christ and change my ways. At Christmas dawn, my old self died. My new life began.
Lord, give gift of Love to the proud, high-and-mighty sitting on power, fortune, fame, and Godless teachings, so they may have this season a second chance. Amen