Thursday, September 30, 2010

Pet Peeves

This will be short & sweet, but here's a thought -- how selfish are pet peeves? You know: those social behaviors that there aren't written down rules for that make you flip out. I'm trying to cut down on mine.

Why? Because it's hard enough for people to keep up with Scripture and the laws of the land. We also expect people to hold to some arbitrary code of morality of our own making that others must observe in our presence at all times? Who do we think we are? Isn't that the height of arrogance?

I suppose these sentiments are an open invitation for comments from friends that they may know will crawl under my skin to their own amusement. But whatever. I could stand to work on patience. We all could. I dare you to dump some of your pet peeves, and see if you don't become a more welcoming, loving person in the process.


sparquay said...

Amen! I'm definitely working on this one. What other way are we to be merciful to others than even in the small matters?
I think that's how Jesus could put up with his Disciples for so long while they just didn't pick up his hints (parables), and even when he spoke plainly to them about his death. Even Peter had crossed the line at one point or another.
Just contrast that with how much we frustrate God in our lives. Especially when he has a purpose for us, and knows our possibilities, but we fall far short of them.
Excellent thought and challenge. Thank you.

Emily :) said...

This is great. I have been challenged that I spend too much time wishing for people to change and not enough time working on my patience and unconditional love.

I always laugh when talking about pet peeves b/c when Josh and I were dating and learning things about each other I remember telling him I only had one pet peeve. My sister would use the hand towel in the bathroom to wash her face and put it back soaking wet. I don't know why that bugged me so much, but it did. Now.....I could create an entire blog based on all of my pet peeves! (I won't, I promise. :) Just makes me realize I have moved in the WRONG direction in that area.

Thanks for sharing!

coffeedrinkingpreacher said...

Short, sweet...and the point was powerfully made.

Seriously, how often is harmony disrupted by pet peeves? I know its from the 90's, but "chill out" is still needed today as it ever was.

Lori said...

I've been reading your comments on Emily's blog forever and just came across your blog today.

My husband would love it that this is the first post I've read - he thinks I have more pet peeves than anyone in the world!! I probably SHOULD work on that:)

I enjoyed reading!