Human on Board

I was driving and saw a “Baby on Board” sign on the car in front of me. I have seen this sign countless times before, but for the first time I really considered the meaning of it. Because there is a baby on board, I should drive more carefully? Is everyone else expendable? If you think about it in that light, it is kind of a crazy sign.

Here’s the crazy part, I shouldn’t be careful because … an adult is on board, a mom, dad, grandpa, grandma, sister, brother, son, daughter, teenager, fill in the blank, is on board? Everybody is somebody. I thought of Dr. Seuss saying “A person is a person, no matter how small.” Yet, I guiltily admit, the sign was effective. I had the fleeting thought “Oh, baby on board. Better be careful”. It got me out of my head and brought me back to the present and paying attention to how I was driving.

Jesus says in John 13:34 “A new commandment I give to you: love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another”. This bible verse came to mind as I considered the sign and its meaning. We are to love everyone, not just babies. Granted, they are considered easier to love because they are innocent. Babies are completely vulnerable, they come with no baggage and no ability to hurt us, and, therefore, we can think them more deserving of love. Yet, we are all deserving of love and compassion and we are commanded to love one another, not just the people we “like.”

I am grateful for the sign because it caused me to be more conscious, slow down, and remember that I am surrounded by people, and they are all worthy of my best driving skills. Not just on the road, but everywhere I go there is a person, a fellow human being, that is worthy of my full attention, compassion, and love.

As we go through life, may we all remember that a fellow human being is on board, next door, in front of us in line, on the phone, across the ocean, and so on… And, that they are all deserving of our full attention and love.

Kelley Evans

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