“You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.” ~ Galatians 5:13

So, today in the mail I received one of the backdrops I had ordered for my school’s upcoming fall play.  This was very exciting for several reasons, not in the least because I discovered that the company I had elected to order from was not the most reputable.  Which meant I was thrilled to receive the products I had ordered on time, without needing to involve the Better Business Bureau or the credit card company (yes, apparently this outfit is that bad).

I rushed inside, torn open the box, and pulled out three, beautiful ten-foot-by-twenty-foot muslin backdrops, in the most gorgeous midnight blue.

Which would be terrific, except for the fact that I ordered three tan backdrops.

Now, normally I would be irate and immediately call and complain, then ship said merchandise back and expect the correct order to be on my doorstep ASAP.  But in this case, I was so relieved to have gotten anything from this company; I took a second look at the beautiful blue drops.  And I decided that blue might be even better for what I’m going to be using them for than the tan would have been.  So rather than go through the hassle of a shipping war, I’m going to keep my bungled up ordered and see if it doesn’t just turn out better than I imagined.

Now, I’m not advocating for companies to resort to poor customer service, or saying that you shouldn’t return something when it’s an obvious mix-up.  But somehow, I can’t help but wonder if our the-customer-is-always-right culture doesn’t further deepen our problem of being an incredibly self-absorbed people.  We want things our way, right away, and we don’t really care who we run over in the process.

However, we need to take a good look at today’s verse from Galatians.  Yes, we have the freedom to be demanding and self-centered.  But that isn’t what we are supposed to be using our freedom for.  Instead, we are supposed to be using our freedom to serve one another in love.

Serve, not run over one another to get to the front of the line.

Next time life is frustrating you, look around and see if there isn’t a way that you can work things out for yourself.  Because when you’re not rushing around to get someone to wait on you, you have the time and opportunity to wait on someone else – serving them just as the Bible commands.