It's the Little Things
Early this morning, the Mrs. heard a noise out in the foyer. After hitting the lights, she realized immediately that we had a problem. I awoke to her frantically moving everything off our buffet and talking under her breath about some of the things that were now soaked with water.
Unknown to us, the toilet upstairs, which sits directly above the foyer, had developed a crack in the tank that finally began to leak. Thankfully, we had an issue with one of our shower attachments several years ago that forced us to remove the drywall exposing the one-hundred-year-old shiplap wood. We decided to leave it like that because the wood was so beautiful. Otherwise, we would have been in repeat mode.
SO, half of my day was spent cleaning, removing the old toilet, purchasing just the right one, and installing it (a nasty job as you can probably imagine). Throughout it all, I couldn’t help but to think about how such a small thing like a crack in the tank, could cause such an upheaval in our life.
Often, when we face challenges in our lives, like a big event or dramatic life circumstance, it’s not the event itself that just happened, but something much smaller that grew to become the big event.
I had lunch with a friend yesterday who has been through a lot over the past several years. He made a comment that stuck with me and rang in my mind this morning. We were chatting about how Bert Reynolds had died of a heart attack. He mentioned that the heart attack could have been from the type of life he had lived and how hard living (alcoholism, poor eating habits, etc.) will catch up to us one day.
My friend who is my senior, spoke a truth that, especially at this time of my life, hit me between the eyes. When we’re young, twenty years seems like a long way off. But, when we’re in our fifties, those twenty years seem like tomorrow.
That crack didn’t happen overnight. It happened from years of use and gradual deterioration. It may have been a fault that finally gave way. In any case, the water leak didn’t just happen. It has been happening over time.
If I could give my kids one piece of advice, it would be to think about the little decisions and choices you make today, because tomorrow, they may build into something much bigger. We can’t change the past, but we can build the future.
My father and I had our Sunday call earlier today and I brought up how he has been so faithful to his daily schedule all his life. He gets up at 5:30 and is in his shop by 6:00 every day. His bedtime is 9:00 p.m. He eats healthy and he keeps busy. He’ll be eighty next year and, outside of a hereditary eye disease, he’s doing great. The reason; all the years of making those small choices adding up to what he is today.
Mostly, tonight I’m reminded of how little things can build up between our spouses and our relationship with God. That is why forgiveness is the ultimate do-over. Without it, we would be lost.
Forgiveness is the one choice that can, and will, cover all the others. It won’t change them, but it will make all things new. Living a life of forgiveness of others, ourselves, and from God, is one small decision we can make that will build a bright future. And, that’s a future I want to live in…
Love always friends!
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