I've been reading a book by Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture. He was the Carnegie Mellon professor who was made famous for his "LAST SPEECH."
Pausch was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and valiantly battled it, but passed away July 25, 2008. He was 47 years old.
In chapter 18, he tells a wonderful story of how his wife backed into his car with hers and described it as the "One-Driver, Two-Car Collision."
He was not home (he had walked to his office). When he arrived home, she had placed both cars in the garage, prepared his favorite meal, had soft music playing and at the end of the meal, gently broke the news.
His response surprised her. He said, "the repairs are not necessary, we will just live with the dents and gashes." Pausch's philosophy is that you don't just repair things if they still do the job that they are supposed to do.
He further states, if your trash can or wheelbarrow has a dent in it, "you don't buy a new one. Maybe that is because we don't use trashcans and wheelbarrows to communicate our social status or identity to others."
The last line in the chapter says....
"NOT EVERYTHING NEEDS TO BE FIXED."
I thought of some people who feel it is their "calling" in life to FIX everything and everyone.
I have most often found that these people are controlling and insecure.
Joy taught a great Bible Study that focused on forbearance. That is a subject you don't hear a lot of anymore.
It is all about extending some grace.
It is all about NOT being a controlling person.
It is all about trusting God.
It is about NOT sweating the small stuff.
It is about extending grace, love, forbearance.