On the way home, I thought about the word yield. The word yield may be defined as "to give up or surrender oneself." To yield in driving means to "give up the right of way to another car." Sometimes a big triangular sign tells us we need to yield. Other times we decide to do it on our own.
On our trip back I thought about yielding because of the lack of yielding:
- We had people not read the big yield sign. They pulled onto the interstate from a ramp and expected us tp slow down or stop for them. They possessed the yield sign, but they didn't care.
- We had people cutting us off to jump to another lane.
- We had people reluctantly follow us with their car seemingly trying to smooch our rear bumper.
I am sure many people experience many of these same things constantly. Yet, I must also say, there was more yielding than non-yielding. The yielders don't get the attention or the glory, but they make driving safe.
If people would not have yielded, the Washington D,C. crawl would have been the Washington D.C. pileup.
If people would not have yielded, people would have driven through the construction work in NC.
If people would not have yielded, they would have shoved each other at the rest areas trying to get into the bathrooms. There really was no issue with this.
But as I was reflecting on the way home: to function well, our society needs to be a group of people ready to yield our rights to one another for the common good. Even more, our society needs to yield our rights to God just as Jesus yielded his rights for us. Only when we have yielded our rights to God will we truly surrender our rights to another.
No community exists, nor will any society last, unless people are willing to yield.