Angry: Trust & Obey

Dear friends,

I have been experiencing moments of extreme anger lately when I leave my home. My anger is fueled by people! People who are irresponsible and selfish. My first and biggest issue is “trash” almost everywhere I go there is some kind of littering. I walk out my door and careless individuals leave trails of items from there doors to the trash dumpsters. The parking lots have cups and cans and bags to bottle caps. The roadways are littered on all sides. I see fast food containers and bags, furniture and tires. I personally do not litter and when possible I pick up things and dispose of them properly and that too angers me.

The second thing that irritates me is parking, rather parking in places that are clearly posted “NO PARKING!” I do not understand why people feel entitled to park in front of a store, they cannot be in any more of a rush than anyone else. No enforcement to make people abide by the rules that the other 99% of us have to do. By turning a blind-eye to this behavior the stores and establishments are basically giving their stamp of approval for it to continue. And, another thing about these places of business, most have made accommodations for shopping carts to be placed for the convenience of the stores in retrieving the carts and to protect the consumers from damage from carts. People are so lazy they just leave them pretty much where they emptied them in the parking lot. I try to take the cart back into the store when possible or at least to the designated spaces in the lot. If I see abandon carts when entering a store I typically grab a cart or two as I enter the store!

Number #3 on my list of complaints is lazy people in the grocery/department stores when they decide they no longer want to purchase an item, they just place it at the spot they are at! “Decided not to purchase fresh chicken, but you’re now in the toy isle, oh well…someone gets paid to put this back!” 😡🤬🤯. Really…to make things worse, that item most likely gets put back on the shelf after sitting in the toy isle for who knows how long! Attention: yes workers get paid to stock the shelves, their job was not designed around shoppers inability to be responsible for their own actions.

It is literally a chore for me to leave my home, my sanctuary! I don’t like to feel angry all the time, I find it difficult to express care and concern for others when I see them displaying some of these things I’ve listed. My patience is thin and short, which in turns fuels my opinions and cynicism. I don’t like myself very much when that happens, I know I am not judge and jury and may God forgive me for this behavior. I simply felt compelled to share my thoughts and give rise to my voice. I do not want to merely complain and add to the problem, I sincerely want to help. For now and until God leads me to do otherwise, I will continue to do my part in being a responsible person and take responsibility for my actions. And in reality I simply expect the same in return. I need to remind myself that I cannot make people care. “You can lead a horse to water, but you cannot make him drink!”

May the love of God surround you and fill you! I love this song and when I hear it, it takes me back to when I was a child. I am immediately transported to the church I grew up in. I’m standing in front of the wooden pews, holding a hymnal and singing this song. I can see my Sunday school teacher, Birdie Smith…and she’s smiling! This, I find comfort in.

~Peace To You, My Friends~

“Truly the eye of the Lord is on those who fear him, on those who hope in his steadfast love, to deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine. Our soul waits for the Lord; he is our help and shield. Our heart is glad in him, because we trust in his holy name. Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us, even as we hope in you.” ~Psalm 33:18-22