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Ok, so sometimes when I'm driving my right foot gets a little heavy, and the car goes a lot faster than the sign says it should... It's a fun car to drive, what can I say? But it's also dangerous. And, well, New Jersey isn't known for it's polite and happy drivers... The Bible says that we should "do right." By doing right we don't get traffic tickets and our insurance stays lower in cost. Sometimes the straight forward truth in the Bible gets me by surprise. I honestly can't say I've never done anything wrong. I have. This is one of those verses I'd rather not think about...
One day I was reading these verses and realized, the police are just people, like me. In their jobs, they take huge risks to protect us and keep things orderly. I was driving to the grocery store and saw a Sheriff's car with his lights on in the middle of the road. Someone had lost a mattress in the street. His car was parked in a place where another driver could try and pass him and hit him physically. So I pulled up along side and waited for him to get the mattress. Once he was safe, I left. I wondered if I was being silly and felt a little embarrassed, after all surely a Sheriff can protect himself. At the next light, he pulled up beside me nodded and smiled real big. Whenever I see him on the road, he smiles and nods. It's a good feeling.
Then there was the time a woman was tailgating me so close, I could see the color of her eyes. I went to switch lanes and side-swiped an SUV. We pulled over and the police came. I told them immediately, "It was my fault. I was being stupid. I thought I looked but didn't see him. I'm so sorry."
I didn't receive a ticket and since my car took all the damage the other driver told me not to worry. I was shook up, but felt like I was treated more than fairly, mercifully. That's what Jesus teaches, be honest, respectful, do what's best. His ways are always true.
I took this photo last week in NYC. The NYPD is kind of like heroes to me since 9-11. I saw it from across the bay, and their sacrifice and bravery has left a deep admiration for what they do. As well as the firefighters. I purposely blocked her face, so no one would use this photo to harm her. I had to get a shot of the NYPD. Sadly a fire truck went past and the shot didn't turn out at all. Maybe another day.
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