If you don't enjoy getting stuck behind slow walkers while shopping, you're not alone—and you might consider a trip to the UK to try out the country's first ever fast lane for pedestrians being tested this week in the Liverpool One shopping complex, reports the Telegraph. The move comes after retailer Argos announced that 47% of people it surveyed are more annoyed by slow walkers than anything else. "As the research demonstrates, a faster high street could vastly improve the overall shopping experience for British shoppers across the UK," an independent retail expert says. "With nearly 30 million Brits saying they'd like one on their own high street, the pilot [which runs through Sunday] is set to be a success ... And while the top reason to support the fast lane was to save time, one in three surveyed said they were simply annoyed by people blocking the pavement.
The fast pace and selfish priorities of this world cause many to resent those who move a bit too slow. But as Christians, we have a different take on such things. Our Savior's example teaches us that the people who slow us down are not the problem, they are the whole point. We realize that we have not been placed on this planet to win at all costs, stepping on or over the defeated. We are here to share, by word and example, the good news of God’s love and grace, especially to those who have been relegated to the slow lane, to those who are sick or weak or lowly or disadvantaged.
"We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves" (Romans 15:1, ESV).
"In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive’” (Acts 20:35, ESV).