Why I avoid breaking the rules

Why I avoid breaking the rules

Tonight is Blogapalooza here at ChicagoNow. We're given a topic at 9 pm, and we have one hour to write, edit and click "publish".

Our topic tonight is: "Since rules are made to be broken, write about rules you routinely break or want to break"

Nope, nope, nope. I confess to NOTHING.

You see, I have always been a rule follower. Whenever I chose to break the rules, I got caught and got in trouble.


I was even pulled over by my own husband one morning for speeding.

He and I worked for the same village - he worked as a police officer and I worked as a firefighter/paramedic.

He worked 2300 - 0700 hrs, and I worked 0600 - 1800 hrs.

As I was nearly always running late to my 0600 hrs shift time, I was definitely speeding to get to work on time.

As I was rushing northbound on a major street in town, a squad car fell in behind me. Soon, even though I'd slowed down, the officer turned on his lights and pulled me over.

At first I didn't know it was my husband, so I patiently and respectfully waited for the officer to get out of the car.

Once I realized it was him, I opened the door, jumped out of my seat, turned to him and shouted, "I'M LATE!!", jumped back in the car, closed the door and drove away.

That was probably not the best action for me to take, but was he really going to give his own wife a ticket? Um...no. Just, no.

That booger followed me all the way to fire house and called me out in front of my crew. I was so mad at him.

I forgave him after he laughed and told me to slow down.

When I was a kid, I always got caught when I was doing what I wasn't supposed to be doing. I was even blamed for things I didn't do.

That's why breaking the rules goes against everything in me. Except for...

PSYCHE! I'm not telling. I will confess to nothing.

The only one who knows when, where, what, why and how I break the rules is God, and that's only because He's omniscient and omnipresent.

I can't hide anything from Him. That's the main reason why I work so hard at being a rule follower.

I'll never be perfect, and I'll never be able to follow all the rules, all the time. It's not possible.

However, by having God there as a witness to everything I do, I have a sense of accountability that keeps me in check. Mostly.

Luke 8:17 (ESV)

17 For nothing is hidden that will not be made manifest, nor is anything secret that will not be known and come to light.

Proverbs 15:3 (ESV)

3 The eyes of the Lord are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good.

Source: Biblegateway.com

Are there rules you regularly break, or want to break? Are you willing to share that with us here in the comments?

If you are afraid to break the rules, what keeps you in check? Is there something that you're afraid of, or someone you're afraid of that helps you "toe the line?"

Tell me here in the comments, then come over to my Facebook page and like it!

If you liked this Blogapalooza post, here a few more you may like:

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