The late great Thomas P. “Tip” O’Neill, former Speaker of the House, once made the mistake of taking a voter for granted. On a voting day a neighbor woman came up to him after leaving the polls. “Tip,” she said, “I voted for you even though you didn’t ask me.” The Speaker was surprised. “Mrs. O’Brien,” he said. “I’ve known you all my life. I took your garbage out for you, mowed your lawn, shoveled snow for you. I didn’t think I had to ask.”
“Tip,” she said in a motherly way, “It’s nice to be asked.” He followed that advice from then on.
“Clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience” (Colossians 3:12).