I was born and raised in the country. I’ve always felt sorry for city boys because the only fun they could get into was trouble. If you live in the country, there was a lot of work, but there was also a lot of fun to be found in the middle of it. Part of that fun was a fishing pole and a gun to hunt with. I guess that is why I’ve always had a like for and an interest in firearms. I don’t know much, but I do know a little bit about them.
Some of the older firearms are particularly interesting. Most of them had a tiny hole at the base of the barrel of the gun. It was called a touchhole. A touchhole is the place in early firearms through which the charge of powder is ignited that explodes out the lead bullet.
This is of interest to to me in today’s world and today’s people, because there are some folks who are just like that little hole in the base of the barrel. They react to the slightest spark of an offense with inordinate intensity and explosive force.
Relatively insignificant issues have a disproportionate impact on this kind of touchy people. They explode with the slightest spark to set them off.
You might be a touchhole kind of person yourself if:
- Everyone has to dance around your feelings.
- Taking offense is like an art-form with you.
- Everything you see and hear seems like a plot to undermine your credibility. (Paranoia leads to taking offense.)
- You focus more on receiving respect than giving it.
- Negative thoughts spiral in your brain at night.
- Negative feedback offends you to the point that you can’t hear it.
- You spend too much time worrying about what people think of you.
Rev. Edward Whitmire is pastor at Pentecostals of Robinson County located in Hearne, Texas