Ever heard this before?
“The children now love luxury; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in the place of exercise. Children are tyrants, not the servants of their households. They no longer rise when their elders enter the room. They contradict their parents, chatter before company, gobble up dainties at the table, cross their legs and tyrannize their teachers.”
You probably haven’t heard these exact words for they were record by a philosopher named Socrates about 2400 years ago.
However, you get the gist.
The elders are still saying the same sort of things about teenagers today and, trust me the teenagers have the same complaints about their elders as they did back in Socrates’ day.
So here’s the deal, people are people no matter the era or age.
If it had been Jack and Jill in the garden, they’d still eaten the fruit.
If it had been South Carolinians wandering around in the desert for forty years instead of the Israelites, they’d still complained.
Every family has a crazy uncle or two and a nosey aunt or two.
Every company has a few jerks in management and Murphy’s Law says that odds are you will work for one them eventually.
There will always be people who are always late and, perhaps worse, there will always be people who think “being on time” means you’ve got to be there thirty to forty-five early (you’re probably married to one or the other—or will be!)
Count on it, whether its chariots, covered wagons or cars, there will always be drivers who will cut you off or who get in the fast lane and poke along like they’re tourist on a sight-seeking trip.
Face it, people are people.
- The ONE THING for today: As you start another week (that will include “those” people) you can give up control of your life to them and let them ruin your week or you can choose to accept people for who and what they are and stay focused on doing your best and being your best.
Philippians 4:8 (TLB)
And now, brothers, as I close this letter, let me say this one more thing: Fix your thoughts on what is true and good and right. Think about things that are pure and lovely, and dwell on the fine, good things in others. Think about all you can praise God for and be glad about.