THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: By Rev Robert Sheard, Spalding United Reformed Church
Manners maketh man or woman, perhaps the words may seem out dated to us today but the sentiment shouldn’t be. It saddens me today to see how in this country we seem to have a lack of manners, from people unprepared to say excuse me in a shop to get to a shelf, and just barge past you, to car drivers not thanking other drivers when you let them through, and seeming to think that indicators are just there for fancy, and that they have more rights than anyone else to be there.
People not saying a simple please or thank you, when somebody does something nice and it is certainly not an age issue.
As a Christian I believe that as part of my relationship with God, it brings me into relationships with people, whether they are strangers or not, making me part of not just the community of the Church, but a wider community of the world, that gives me the responsibility to be polite and helpful to all who I meet, and how much better the world would be if we all did the same.