People Doing Foolish Things
Did any of you lose any sleep this past week? I did, and I was not happy about it. It started on Saturday night, continued on Sunday and Monday nights, and was especially bad on Tuesday night. I am writing this before Wednesday night but it will probably be a problem then, too. You have probably figured out that I am talking about people shooting off loud fireworks late into the nights. I have no problem with folks enjoying their fireworks after dark but when you get past 10:30 p.m. or so then it’s a different story.
Some people may think, “What’s the big deal?,” but there are a couple of significant life principles here. One principle is the attitude of those who want to shoot off the fireworks. Within most city limits it is illegal to shoot fireworks. In most neighborhoods there are people who have to go to work the next morning and often have small children or babies who are disturbed by the loud fireworks. With the current drought conditions in our area there is a genuine fire danger with fireworks. Even though these issues exist there are people who say, “I really don’t care about these issues. I’m going to do what I want to do anyway.” The life principle involved here is whether I choose to be selfish or if I will respect the law, be considerate of my neighbors, and be responsible enough not to create a fire hazard. As you know, large numbers of people today choose to do whatever they want to do and they do not want anyone to tell them that they can’t.
The other life principle here is what you do when you are impacted negatively by the behavior of others who choose to be selfish and do whatever they want. There are several options available: one, to do nothing and in some cases there is no other choice because of the circumstances; two, to confront the offending behavior, which sometimes works if done in the right way and sometimes results in an argument or worse; and, three, to call the police so they can get involved and determine the proper course of action in the situation.
People do foolish things, often because they are selfish. They always have and they always will. The first life principle for us to learn is that we need to be people who seek to do what is right. When we are impacted negatively by the improper behavior of others, the second life principle for us to learn is to deal with it in a way that is right and proper. These life principles should be true for people whether they are Christians or not. They should especially be true for us Christians. Remember the words of Jesus in Matthew 5:16, “Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”