I’ve spent each of the last three weeks in a different car. My day-to-day car was out of commission because of an accident. So I drove a rental car for a week. I soon found out my car was totaled so I recently started driving a new-used car. God has been tremendously faithful in all of the chaos. And there is one sobering observation that has stuck with me throughout the weeks.
My rental car was a new Chevy Malibu. I immediately noticed all the new technology in the car but what I could not miss were all the Chevy cars on the road. I used to believe that few people drove Chevy’s. But when I was behind the steering wheel of a Chevy it seemed like everybody had one. Now I drive a Volkswagen and it seems that everybody has one of those too.
It’s often been said that you don’t notice a car until you’re driving one yourself. However, I couldn’t keep from wondering how this perspective can also translate to my engagement with people. How many people do I not notice because they are different than me? Am I missing people simply because my bias is a filter that limits my perspective?
I think it’s difficult to be a Good Samaritan if we only notice people who resemble us (Luke 10:25-37).
My eyes have been opened and I see all the Chevy’s on the road now. My prayer is that I will also notice all the people who are different than me.