What a Life-Altering Accident Taught Me About Human Frailty and God’s Power
There’s an incredible beauty in such an opportunity for growth that is far too easy for us to miss.
With great frequency, I am asked if I am angry with the man who struck me with a Jeep last summer, breaking both of my arms as I was cycling on a clear day. I’m not.
To the best of my knowledge, the man who hit me isn’t evil. He’s simply human. There was no malice in his action, only negligence. Better said, he made a mistake. We all do that from time to time, and if we’re honest, we all act in ways that are reckless or negligent periodically. Most of the time, everything works out okay. For some of us, the worst possible scenario happens instead — like hitting a cyclist when looking at a cell phone while driving.
The driver is a criminal who should be prosecuted, convicted, & punished to the fullest extent of the law.
You are way too kind and forgiving. Or, maybe you are just a better person than I. But along with God almighty, I believe in the rule of law. This man wasn't just negligent, he was CRIMINALLY negligent. The reason for that is quite simple. A person cannot be distracted by their phone at any time when the vehicle is moving. It is against the law and if it results in bodily injury, can be a felony depending on jurisdiction. What you call a mistake I would call a choice. A willful decision to ignore law and almost kill YOU. At the very least, he should never drive again.