What is something that just gets your goat*?
What are the things that get you annoyed or angry?
What are your pet peeves?
Maybe when someone copies your work it drives you crazy. How about when someone has to have the last word or keeps arguing when they have already been proven wrong? Then there is those who eat with their mouths open or maybe don’t use deodorant. The list could go on and on – commercials, driving too slow in the fast lane, inconsiderate smokers, people talking at the movies, slow walkers, fast talkers, texting while driving, pushy salespeople, people not using turn signals, hands not washed in restroom, toilet paper roll put on the wrong way, on and on and on!
What about bad grammar. I know someone that truly could apply for the grammatical police position and be hired on the spot. Being so proper in the English Dept. you can imagine typos, grammatical errors, and improper use of vocabulary are all on their pet peeve list.
Songwriters know this all too well too. Thus, lyrics are so very important. When they are not quite right or used just because they rhyme or syllables in a word fit are a no go for someone that knows better.
Think about the role of a worship leader. Having a heart of worship also makes one very aware of choosing songs to lead that you can completely agree with the doctrine behind the words. Sometimes we can get worked up on words that could potentially trip someone up in their faith walk and then those songs become pet peeves.
Commendable – yes!
Needed – certainly!
But we must show respect or maybe even keep quiet about that thing that annoys us as most of the time it is just a little point of contention that should be overlooked.
How can we truly show the world our love? – By getting over our pet peeves!
Pet peeves really are saying what I think is irritating means others in the world should change. But shouldn’t we be changing so the world can see the love of God shining through us even in the midst of annoyance?
Yes, I think that is the ticket.
And we might want to consider the plank in our own eye before trying to pick out a neighbor’s speck (Matthew 7.1-5). We also are not to sow discord (Proverbs 6.19).
So go do it!
“Stop judging, that you may not be judged. For as you judge, so will you be judged, and the measure with which you measure will be measured out to you. Why do you notice the splinter in your brother’s eye, but do not perceive the wooden beam in your own eye?” Matthew 7:1-5
“There are six things the Lord hates— no, seven things he detests: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that kill the innocent, a heart that plots evil, feet that race to do wrong, a false witness who pours out lies, a person who sows discord in a family.” Proverbs 6:16-19 NLT
Chew on that for awhile and…
Don’t let that pet peeve get your goat!
*the saying ‘get your goat’ refers to your state of peacefulness. If your goat is with you, you are calm, cool, and collected. But if your goat is missing or stolen, you would obviously be upset or angry.
“The saying “Get Your Goat” supposedly originated from the early horse racing days, where goats were kept with nervous race horses to keep them calm before the race, and if you wanted to beat the competition you would ‘get their goat’ causing their horse to become agitated and unable to race.”(quoted from the site: goathavenfarm.tripod.com)
Hey, do me a favor, please add your pet peeve below or what you think God might have as a pet peeve and let’s do our best not to let them get our goats!
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