by Jeff Strite

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Listening to Jesus (1 of 5)
Series: Learning from Jesus
Jeff Strite
Luke 10:38-42

OPEN: A mother and her young daughter had been driving on the highway for a couple of hours and traffic had been difficult... in fact, some of the other drivers had been downright frustrating. They wouldn't use their turn signals, she'd been cut off, tail gated, and then there had been the cars in front of her who insisted on moving way below the speed limit.
Have you ever had that happen to you? Yeah, me too.

And as the day wore on, her patience ran out and she began to begin to speak her frustrations out loud. She began to talk about the level of intelligence of the other drivers. They were ignorant, jerks, stupid.
Have you ever done that? Yeah, I've done it too.

Well, after a while, she tamed down and got control of herself. And in the quietness that followed, her young daughter looked up innocently at her and asked:
''Mother, have you ever been stupid?''

Have you ever been behind the wheel of your car... and been... stupid?
Yeah, me too! In fact I did that just last week.

ILLUS: I had been on the road for a few hours and I was running low on gas, so I pulled into a gas station through the back way. I wanted to get gas quickly and get back on the road and I could tell there were about 4 gas pumps that were open, but I couldn't get to them. There was this white truck parked across my path... and he was just sitting there. He wouldn't MOVE and I couldn't get to the pumps. He just SAT there. It was so FRUSTRATING.
What would you have done in that situation? (Honk horn).
Yes sir. That's what I did. I honked to let him know how upset I was.
But then - no sooner than I honked my horn - I see this other vehicle backing out of a parking spot in front of the gas station. And I suddenly realized... that white truck had just been being courteous to car. He had been waiting patiently, giving that other vehicle room to back up.
He had been patient. I hadn't.
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