We got our first “Code Violation Notice” in the mail a few weeks ago because we have a one-lane driveway and have to park the other car alongside of it. We have been asked by the city of St. Pete to voluntarily correct this problem. They say it is a problem because they don’t want erosion washing into the street. The solution? Put down mulch next to our driveway and park on that. Wouldn’t that cause even more problems with things washing into the street, getting into our neighbor’s yard, etc? Our neighbor also got a violation notice. His problem? The front of his trailer was protruding beyond the frontline of his house. His solution? Move it back a couple of feet. Fixed.
I started wondering, who are these people who have nothing better to do than to come by my house and threaten me with punishment if I don’t abide by their definition of how my yard should look? They are going to make up some rules and if I don’t like it I have to pay them money. What would life be like if we could all just make up some rules and people would have to pay us? It would be chaos! Now, I realize that there are some good rules out there and I am glad that they want our neighborhoods to look nice and everything. But it seems to me that the solution is worse than the initial problem.
Have you ever known anyone like that? Have you ever met someone who had their own set of rules and if you didn’t abide by them there would be a penalty? Sounds like St. Pete could use a few pointers on grace. Therefore, the next few posts will be about grace and maybe St. Pete will listen!