It was over a year ago that I did a series of posts entitled “Lessons from the School Bus.” Now that a new school year is here, and because I have a “new” bus for my route, I thought it would be fun to re-visit an old post.
This is my “new” 374 sitting behind our church in front of my study. After I took the picture I realized it is in a handicap parking place. But don’t worry, I don’t park it there on church service days.
(The following post was first published as “Lessons from the School Bus #2”)
Every school bus driver is a hero, but Sub Drivers are in a class by themselves. I should know….I was one.
Sub Drivers Rule!
Unlike a driver that has a regular route, a “sub” is driver that drives different routes every day. Whenever a driver gets sick, lays out, or gets fired for doing something stupid, the substitute driver has to drive that route. Most of the time, the call comes without any warning…or sunlight.
However, one of the problems that a sub driver faces is figuring out where to go. Imagine being put in a vehicle with 70 children just out of class, wanting to go home. Imagine you are in a part of town you’ve never been in before. Imagine that you have no instructions or directions, but must depend on the kids (Heaven help us) to get you where you need to go. Been there…done that…literally got the t-shirt.
Now, try to imagine that the very ones that are trying to tell you where to turn don’t EVEN know their rights from their lefts! It happened to me…..surely it did!
“I’m NOT Stupid”
I will never forget pulling up to an intersection and being forced to decide which way to go. I ask, “Which way?” The response comes back, “Go right.” So, that’s what I proceeded to do, when, I swear, the conversation went something like this:
Kid 1: NOOO! Go RIGHT! You’re going the wrong way!
Me: Wait, you said “Go right,” so that what I was doing.
Kid 1: No you weren’t…you’re going left…I said “go right.”
Me: I DID go right!
Kid 1: No, you went left.
Kid 1: No he didn’t! He went left!
Kid 2: Dude, you must not know your right from your left.
Kid 1: Shut up! Yes I DO!!
Me: (To Kid 1) Ok, let’s get this straight. Which is right, and which is left? Hold up your right hand.
Kid 1: (Holds up his left hand)
Me: Hold up your left hand.
Kid 1: (Holds up his right) See, I told you. I’m NOT stupid!
There is a right way, and there is a wrong way. The right way may be the left way; but if the facts are not right, somebody’s gonna get left. I know I’m right on this one. As a matter of fact, there is a verse in the Bible that seems to talk about the same thing.
There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death. – Pro 14:12 (NIV)
Make sure of two things: 1) the direction you are going; and 2) that your source of determining right and wrong (or right and left) is reliable. You don’t want to go the wrong way for an eternity, do you?