by Roger Thomas

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Jonah: What Ticks You Off? (13 of 20)
Roger Thomas
Jonah 4:1-4

Introduction: I recently heard Ben Merold say, ''You can't necessarily measure a man by wealth or fame, but you can tell a lot about a person by what it takes to upset him.'' Ben's theme was the importance of a strong faith in the face of difficulty. He was talking about what it takes to upset your faith. He was right. You can tell a lot about people by what it takes to shake them.

But there is another side to that as well. You can tell a lot about people by what it takes to tick them off. What makes a person angry or upset real quick! We sometimes term such things pet peeves. We all have them.

Out of curiosity, I surveyed several people this week and asked about their pet peeves. I am going to report on the results of my survey, but I have changed the names to protect the innocent, or guilty, as the case may be. I think anonymity is important in such matters.

Jack Jordache, a youth minister, said drivers who don't use turn signals turn him off. Kathy Morrison, church secretary, sited people who don't clean up their messes, as she looked out of the corner of her eye at Jack Jordache.

Homemaker Betty Morrison said she gets ticked off when she has worked hard all day cleaning the house and her husband Dennis Ray walks in from a hard day at the coffee shop and says, ''So what did you do today?'' Husband Dennis Ray Morrison simply said ''dirty dishes'' as he folded his dishtowel and hung it on the side of the sink.

Vo-tech teacher Warren Lane doesn't like it when his wife Wanda comes in from work and asks him if he actually spent the entire Saturday asleep in the recliner. On the other hand, Wanda doesn't like coming home, opening the door, and hearing the sound of Warren's recliner quickly moving to the upright position.

Sally Barstow gets ticked off with people who constantly use profanity. Husband Chauncy said something about ''blankety blankety preachers and long-winded sermo ...

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