I consider myself to be an easy-going kinda’ guy. There are one or two pet peeves, though. For instance, It doesn’t thrill me to hear people use the word “literally” just to add emphasis. I’ve always understood its proper use to be when a figure of speech isn’t used figuratively. In a Spongebob Squarepants episode my kids were watching yesterday, after a series of events Squidward ended up in a garbage dump. Spongebob noted that Squidward was “down in the dumps” (though he didn’t actually use the word “literally”). I’m not sure why that word affects me so much, but it does.
There’s another thing that peeves me that’s Seinfeld-esque. I don’t know why people who are able-bodied use handicapped spaces in parking lots. Sometimes they throw on their hazard lights to indicate to the rest of us that they’re on a quest to conquer some grocery supply emergency, justifying their social infraction. That’s supposed to be okay by the rest of us? Then there are those who borrow the vehicle of somebody who is handicapped and misuse the privilege. The car isn’t handicapped, the driver or passenger is! The reaction of the people who trashed Seinfeld’s uncle’s car in that episode (if I’m remembering it correctly) went a bit over the top, but I catch their drift.
I don’t know why these things bug me. My book, and the way I like to do church, is based on what the people are passionate about; the good things they’re attracted to. But I don’t want to overlook the things that God gives us a distaste for. Using the word “literally” properly may not be of interest to God, but I wonder if it points to my desire for adequate communication. That is something the church needs more of. Or, what if my handicapped parking peeve points to a need for consideration for those who are disadvantaged? Or, it could be an aversion toward those who feel they have license to operate above the rules of the community that the rest of us adhere to.
I know that there isn’t a positive explanation for everything that annoys me just like everything I take pleasure in isn’t good. But, it’s worth thinking about. What things peeve you, and what might that say about changes in the world that God might want you to play a role in?