“Perfection is not reality.” _Leith Anderson, Leadership That Works
I’m one of those people that truly enjoy going to truck stops. One of the lasting memories my children have is how on one family vacation to Florida I organized our trip around stopping at every Flying J on the route. (I don’t think they enjoyed it as much as me; but at least they remember the trip!)
Going to a truck stop is like going to the zoo—a “human zoo”.
The need to refuel (both for the car and the body), the need for (hopefully clean) restrooms, and the need to just stretch lump the entire human race into one location.
You can witness a luxury sedan and a clunker pulled up to the same pump. A man in a thousand dollar suit and a man in overalls can be standing in the same checkout line. It is amazing the people you will see at a truck stop.
Here’s the deal…
These are real people. They’re not photo-shopped, they’re not actors trying to act like “real people”, they’re not hiding behind a desk or a title…they just need to go to the bathroom.
It’s a fine line between taking yourself seriously enough and taking yourself too seriously.
At the end of the day, there is little that separates us from one another. A truck stop will remind you that you have no reason to feel superior or smug compared to others or that you have no reason to hang your head around others. None of us are perfect; all of us are human—very human. It’s what we do with that humanity that makes the difference.
A truck stop is a good place to learn that lesson.
- The ONE THING for today: A truck stop is one of the few places in life that has room for anyone; you be another one of those rare places, you never know who you’ll be welcoming into your life.
Luke 2:7 (NKJV)
And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.