There’s a common conversation that takes place in lunch rooms around the country.

It goes something like this:

“You wouldn’t believe what happened on the way to work this morning.  There are so many bad drivers these days.”

This opening statement is then picked up by others in the room who comment about those who:

  • Drive too fast/slow
  • Don’t indicate before turning/leave their indicators on after turning
  • Overtake on the inside/drive too slow in the overtaking lane
  • Park outside the lines/take too long to park their car
  • Drive too close/far away from the car in front of them
  • Ride bicycles and motorcycles or drive trucks and SUV’s
  • Are of a particular age bracket, gender or ethnicity that they generalise as bad drivers

It seems as though everyone agrees that there are a lot of bad drivers on the roads, but I’ve noticed that no-one admits that they are themselves a bad driver.

This led me to a realisation a couple of weeks ago.

We’re all bad drivers!

People seem willing to point out the faults of others, but not admit their own.

Alas, just as much as you and your peers are complaining about someone’s poor driving, there’s someone in an office nearby who is complaining about you.

Just as others drive too fast for your liking, perhaps you’re too slow in someone else’s eyes.

You may have been proud of your achievement in reverse parking perfectly into a spot at the local shopping centre while someone else was cursing you under your breath telling you to hurry up and just get out of the way.

Just as we’re all bad drivers, we’re also imperfect in other ways as well.

We may be quick to criticise the bad habits, annoying quirks and faults of others, but let’s also remember that we all have our own flaws that can sometimes irritate those around us as well.

In Matthew 7:1 & 3, Jesus says, “Don’t judge or you too will be judged.  Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?”

It can be too easy to focus on the bad points of others and forget that we all have work to do on ourselves.

Let’s remember that we’re all bad drivers and in doing so, be less critical of others and more aware of the areas that we still need to develop within ourselves.

I’m willing to admit that in someone’s eyes, I’m a bad driver.

Can you make the same admission?

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