Alex Enabnit – Programming Coordinator
I like to think of myself as a patient, understanding person. I normally don’t have a hard time empathizing with people… normally. But there are those certain times where OH C’MON MAN WHY ARE YOU DRIVING 60 IN THE CARPOOL LANE?! LEARN TO DRIVE OR GET OUT OF MY WAY AUGHHHH!!!!
Okay, maybe I’m not always patient and understanding. Case in point, I tend to be a slightly more aggressive person behind the wheel – especially when there are just so many bad drivers out there. Can you relate to this feeling? Statistically speaking, I’m guessing you can!
In a study done by a guy named Ola Svenson, 93% of Americans claimed that their driving skill was better than most people. Now I’m no mathematician, but the last time I checked, only 50 people can be better than the other 50 (out of 100). So based on that, either 43 people are lying, or they seriously over-valuate their driving skill. I’m guessing the latter, and here’s why.
As humans, we’re biased about our abilities. We tend to overestimate our positive qualities while downplaying the bad. Just like with the driving example, this usually leads to thoughts of superiority compared to other people… And since it’s a bias, we do this without even thinking about it. Yikes.
So how do we combat this? For one thing, we have a lot of blind spots (pun intended) and it really helps to have people in your life that you can trust to point them out to you. But there’s also something else I would suggest; I came across a verse in my reading the other day that really stuck out to me, and I think it can be used for a lot more than just my road rage.
“Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.” 1 Peter 4:8
It seems so simple, but it’s profound. So often we find ourselves trying to get better at x,y, or z by treating the individual problem, but Peter is saying that if we get better about love, it will fix a MULTITUDE of other issues. Could that be what Jesus was getting to when he talked about the two greatest commandments – loving God and loving people?
The next time you are faced with a personal challenge, rather than addressing the issue itself, what if we first approached it with Christ-like love? Let me know what you think.
If nothing else, maybe it’ll make you a better driver 🙂