Lent 2016: This piece originally appeared in the He Reads Truth Lent Series. Along with many of their reading plans you can find it here in full.
Most of the people I know hate waiting in line. When we have to, it seems like we’re always angling for a shortcut or a workaround.
The last time I was in an airport, I witnessed a few passengers trying to circumvent the general boarding lane by attempting to slip into the priority/first class boarding group. I suppose they thought they’d save themselves about 10 minutes of waiting, but what they ended up getting was a firsthand lesson in public shaming. After a bit of a hushed but irritated back and forth, the attendant that scanned their boarding passes announced loudly, “NO, you are not a priority member, you must go to the back of the line and wait your turn.”
I kind of felt bad for these travelers. It’s tough to be so publicly rebuked. However, I’m not sure what they were expecting. Maybe they thought they’d just get lucky and be able to board the plane without having to go through the proper channels. No. The gatekeeper turned them away...
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