Honk to Your Heart’s Content
by Kathy Collard Miller
My husband, Larry, and I had just flown into Jakarta to speak at a Christian conference. As our missionary friends drove us away from the airport, Larry and I looked at each other. We knew what the other was thinking: “Are we back in Caracas, Venezuela?”
In both places (and many other places in the world), honking is a virtue. Unlike the United States where a honk is usually accompanied with a rude gesture and a scowl, in Jakarta, drivers honk to let others know, “I’m close to you, let’s cooperate.”
Yes! Cooperate! In Indonesia, there are more motor bikes than cars. By the time you get two cars (sometimes three!) and three motorbikes (with several people on each) whizzing around in the space of two lanes, everybody better cooperate. And they did it all like a finely choreographed dance. Unfortunately, in America we honk because we are offended. We protect our “space” as if God-bestowed. But that’s not the way God intends our spiritual “drive” to be.
Philippians 1:27 exhorts us, “Stand united, singular in vision, contending for people’s trust in the Message, the good news, not flinching or dodging in the slightest before the opposition” (The Message). When I remember that the real enemy is Satan who wants to divide and conquer by making us feel offended, I can fight the real “opposition” and stand firm and united with God’s people.
I’m working on diminishing my spirit of offense. Will you join me? We don’t have to learn to honk to do it.
Kathy Collard Miller is the author of over 55 books including God’s Intriguing Questions: 60 New Testament Devotions Revealing Jesus’s Nature co-authored with her husband, Larry. She has spoken in 9 countries and over 30 US states. Visit her at www.KathyCollardMiller.com