Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Jesus says we should keep two basic things in mind: 1) Love God and 2) Love our neighbor (and just WHO is a neighbor?---EVERYONE). Aye, there's the rub...
I don't have any trouble at all loving God. What He has given me is far beyond anything I deserve. I couldn't be more thankful for my life and my happiness, none of which I deserve.
But when it comes to loving my neighbor, I got a problem. The minute I get in my car and pull onto the streets, it starts. Rudeness exists throughout our existence...on the road, in our places of business, at church, in all of society. Here are a few of my pet peeves, which occur all the time, everyday. There are more than this short list, of course, but this is an excellent start:
1. Perfectly physically able drivers who park in spaces specifically reserved for the physically disabled. We've got many thousands of disabled folks who NEED these spaces. They are disabled vets, people suffering from a multitude of ailments, etc; and not a day goes by that I don't see some arrogant bastard, in good physical condition, nonchalantly drive into one of these reserved spaces, hang a phony handbill with a wheelchair outline on his rear view mirror, and go about his/her buisness. It makes my blood boil.
2. People who ignore those who greet them. I mean, what does it take to simply smile and say "hello" after someone has smiled and said "hello" to you? I don't get it.
3. Drivers who do not think to use their turn signal. Self explanatory.
4. Cell phone use in church, Sunday School, restaurants, movie theaters, public meetings, etc. WTF?!? Why? The damn thing can easily be shut off. Others don't really want to have their day interrupted by self-centered, arrogant shmucks. Turn the damn thing OFF, or put it on "vibrate". You are not the only person in society.