From the Well - June 4, 2015

I’m always amazed and somewhat dismayed when I go to the YMCA and see a young healthy individual drive around the parking lot several times looking for the closest parking space to the entrance. Why would a person go to the gym for a workout and then try to avoid a brisk walk from the furthest parking space? It just doesn’t compute.

A recent Washington Post article asked the following question: “How is it that when searching for a prime parking spot, civilized men and women suddenly have the aggressiveness of NFL linebackers?” Psychologists who have studied this sort of parking lot behavior say they believe that it’s not laziness that inspires people to hunt for the parking space close to the entrance. They say that circling motorists do it for the victory—a parking lot triumph.

One of the things we healthy, physically fit individuals can do for our less mobile friends on Sunday morning is park in the furthest parking spot or in the grass field behind the dumpster. This leaves space for our older adults, those with small infants, and others who may be less mobile. You may remember that Jesus tells his disciples and followers that if anyone takes your coat then give your cloak as well and if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. In the 21st century, Jesus might say something like this: “If anyone takes your parking space, go to the furthest space in the lot and allow them to have the best spot.” To do such just might be a victory for Jesus.

So, what would Jesus do if he drove his Honda Accord into our parking lot on Sunday morning? What would he have you do? Think about it and help us out if you can.