What do you do?
The other day I was on my way to Mississippi (to see my daughter Sophia from yesterday’s post) when I was pulled over by the police. First, we were on our way to pick my husband Omar up from work since he was going with us. I was pulled over near Shelby Farms Park. You might have seen us. I had my older son Jaden and daughters Gabi and Priscilla with me. I had no idea why I was pulled over. I saw another vehicle pulled over and when the police officer did a U turn, I thought he was headed as backup to the other police officer, but no, he pulled up behind me. We he approached the window he asked if I knew why I was pulled over. I told him I had no idea. He said I was going 43-miles in a 35-mile area. I apologized. I told him I guess I wasn’t paying attention. He asked for my drivers license and insurance information.
Teach them diligently
The police officer was very kind and let me go with a warning. I spent the next several minutes explaining to my children the importance of doing the right thing.
I don’t know about you, but I grew up taught to mistreat the police and that the police are only out to meet their quota each day with traffic tickets, and they only want to harass people. Granted, I am sure there are plenty of police officers who abuse their power, just like politicians, teachers, lawyers, doctors – and so on. At the same time, I am sure there are many police officers who go to work every day and do their best to make a difference in the lives of others.
I explained to my children that the police officers’ job is to ensure people are safe, driving the correct speed limit, driving with insurance and driving while not under the influence of something.
But…it was only 8 miles over…
So, I was going 8 miles over the speed limit. That warrants me to have a bad attitude right and mistreat the police officer, right? Seriously, ten minutes before I was pulled over, a car behind me three blocks away almost lost control of their vehicle making a turn because of how fast they were going. So, I should have been really mad for being pulled over for only going 8 miles over the speed limit, right? Wrong! The police didn’t see that other vehicle. They saw me and I was going over the speed limit – period.
What if in another scenario someone who is drunk and driving 8 miles over the speed limit, gets pulled over by the police just in time before they hurt someone – badly? I shared with my children that I was wrong. I should have paid close attention to the speed limit. I explained to them to pay close attention to their speed when they start driving. Be kind and respectful if the police pulls them over. If they get a ticket – pay it. I also told them to pray for first responders as they have families who love them, and they are simply doing their jobs.
We don’t live in a perfect world. People are mean. People abuse their powers. Some police officers do the wrong thing, but we can be difference makers. We can teach our children to blame others and make excuses, and disrespect authority, or we can teach them to always do the right thing even if they think they are right and even if they are only going 8 miles over the speed limit. Homeschool 101. Learning is more than books – it’s life!
Romans 13: “Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God.”
~Saleama A. Ruvalcaba, MATS
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