Number 11: Describe 10 pet peeves you have.
- When someone uses all the toilet paper and doesn’t insert a new roll. No explanation necessary.
- Rude people. You know the ones, those who feel entitled all the time and refuse to be considerate to anyone else. They are often the ones making sarcastic or terrible comments “under their breath” but loud enough for you or anyone else to hear. I admit, I often confront those people with a simple, “Is there a problem?” question. Sometimes it’s met with a “No, nothing” while other times it’s met with a verbal attack. In the latter circumstances I have a hard time controlling my mouth so I tend to rebuke them and then later apologize for my behavior. I will always be learning how to love people around me, an opportunity for God to grow me through conviction and repentance.
- Cold food, if it was supposed to be eaten while hot, or at least warm. I get the point in Revelation 3:15-16 where God spits those who are lukewarm out of his mouth! I’m the one trying to keep lids on all the dishes to keep them warm on the table.
- Reckless drivers. Those who deem their agendas are more important than the law or than anyone else’s safety that day. I don’t like being put in danger because someone else is in a hurry or just impatient.
- When someone* spills something or makes a sandwich and a billion crumbs & jelly splatter goes all over the counter (or sugar or any mess really) and doesn’t wipe it up. Most messes harden the longer it stays unattended to, like milk, eggs, jelly, sugar, etc, which just makes my job of cleaning a little harder. Not that much harder but still a little harder.
- When someone* takes out the trash and fails to put a new trash bag in the can. Most of the time I find this out when my hands have raw chicken juice on them and I need to throw away the packaging.
- Gossip and especially if the gossip is disclaimed like this, “I don’t want to speak ill of this person but…” or when people use gossip as a conversation filler. It’s ok to just be quiet sometimes.
- Sarcasm. I have a hard time with sarcasm and it’s so prevalent in today’s culture. I used to be the most sarcastic person I knew, I have even made a couple people cry because of my words. I prayed that God would help me with my tongue, thoughts and sarcasm especially and He went above and beyond. I am now very sensitive to sarcasm and have found myself to be the one crying sometimes because of what people say to or about me. The root for the word sarcasm literally means “tearing of flesh” and this is usually done in a covert kind of way. For instance, when you want to tell someone the truth but you don’t want to come off confrontational, you usually say it sarcastically – in a joking way so as to assume that it’s not a big deal and even worth a laugh or two when what you really want is for them to get the point. Sarcasm can also be pointed at oneself, seen in cutting yourself down or joking about your own insecurities – pretending to be ok with yourself but really you might be fishing for a compliment or for your feelings to be validated. Both are wrong and not what’s intended when God says how we should speak – with love toward one another and words useful for building each other up (Ephesians 4:29). Sarcasm does the opposite.
- When my cats shed their hair and someone* brushes them, only to throw the excess hair on the floor or couch. It makes me want to vomit and keep the vacuum cleaner out at all times.
- When the kids lose their sippy cups, with milk in them, and I’ve looked in every nook and cranny to no avail & have asked them repeatedly where they might be. Then after 4 hours of wondering where they could’ve gone one kid will tell me the exact place they hid them and even some other toys that are nearby. Thankfully, we’ve never had to throw away a sippy cup because it was lost too long, nor have I ever thrown up because of a stench from spoiled milk.
*Paul knows he is the “someone”. We do communicate with each other when we are irritated.
What are your pet-peeves?
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