There is a way the world should be run.  And when others behave in ways we don’t like, we call that a pet peeve.  Not a colossal divide or a  legal violation…just a pet peeve.  You know, joy is such a precious commodity.  Why squander it on a quibble?

The phrases we use regarding our pet peeves reveal the person who actually suffers.  He “gets under my skin” or “gets on my nerves,” or she is such a “pain in my neck.”  Whose skin, nerves, and neck?  Ours!  Who suffers?  We do!  Every pet peeve writes a check on our joy account.

For this reason the apostle Paul said, “Be patient, bearing with one another in love” (Ephesians 4:2).  The patient person sees all the peculiarities of the world.  But rather than react, he bears with them.  This is how happiness happens.