As a business traveler I’ve been relatively lucky.
I’m almost always able to travel with an overnight bag, so that I can do “carry on” and not risk losing luggage.
In fact, I’ve never lost a bag after several hundred trips.
There is one thing though, that’s a pet-peeve of mine, mainly because it always seems to happen when I’m in my deepest sleep.
That is the dreaded hotel room door-slammer.
There’s something hauntingly loud and obnoxious about the way hotel doors slam shut, especially in the middle of the night.
Generally they’re people coming in from a late night of travel, or sometimes just drinking at the hotel bar.
In spite of the good news, that they’re not drinking and driving, the bad news is the way the dream shattering slamming sound echoes through the hallways into my room.
So many times in life we think we’re cruising right along doing all the safe things that Christians must do.
Bible readings, attending Church regularly, fellowship etc…
But then, without even realizing it, we carelessly let our guard down and unknowingly hurt those who may be close to us.
It could be something as simple as ridiculing a loved one, or giving in to temptation in an area of weakness, while others are watching.
And, just like that hotel guest, who has no idea that their slammed door startled people in every direction, our mistake does similar damage.
Help us Lord to remember always to gently move from room to room in our lives, never allowing our ego’s to make us so self-absorbed that we hurt those who need us to be good witnesses.
My dear hotel guests…it’s OK to allow that door to shut behind you as gently as possible.
God can forgive you, but my vivid dream of scoring a touchdown in the Super Bowl you just interrupted may never come back.