I’ve heard that writing on a regular basis can mess with your mind; that you will look at things differently and that your thought processes will become slightly askance. You will do things like use the word “askance” in a sentence and begin using semicolons for reasons other than to make your emoticons wink. For instance, since writing a love letter to my feet I have been thinking about how thankful I am for other things that often go unnoticed.
I am thankful for yellow lights. When I was a kid I learned that red means stop, green means go, and yellow means go faster. Right? Anyway, think about what driving would be like without the yellow to separate the green from the red. It would be worse than if the three blind mice grew weary of running up and down a clock and tried their tiny little hands at NASCAR.
I am thankful for aglets. Why? It’s impossible to lace up your shoestrings without them. If you don’t know what an aglet is, let Phineas and Ferb help:
I am thankful for straws. I know that some manly men call them “sissy sticks.” I also know that it is impossible to shoot straw wrappers at people without them. Unless you have invented a straw wrapper gun. If you have done so I only have one question–can I have one?
These are a few of the not-so-serious uncommon things that I am thankful for, but there is one that I have been pondering that is far more serious than these. In a strange way, I am thankful for your faults. This sounds terrible, doesn’t it? Please don’t start a petition to take away my ordination certificate or ask Jesus to blot my name out of His big book. I have two reasons for being thankful that you aren’t perfect.
1. Your faults let me know that I am not alone. This is important because I am often a knuckle-head. I fail and fall short and make messes out of things with regularity. Needing forgiveness from God and others is a regular occurrence in my world. It would be worse if I thought I was the only one. But I am not; you fail, too. Thank you for being open about it, for sharing how you have missed the mark and how you have been redeemed.
For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God
2. Your faults also give me an opportunity to put biblical concepts into action. Forgiveness, grace, and mercy are better actions than they are words. One of the often unnoticed benefits of being bonded together with others in a local church or in on-line communities or in families is that we are given numerous opportunities to take what we learn from the Bible and apply it in real life. The fact that this can get messy should not dissuade us from trying to live out what we claim to believe.
Maybe you don’t agree with this. Maybe you think that writing about feet and aglets and blind mice driving race cars and other such silliness has caused my judgement to be compromised. You might be right. All I am asking is that you ponder it for a few moments. And if you still don’t agree, I will still be thankful that you are like me even if you don’t want to admit it.
(What unnoticed things are you thankful for? What do you think about being thankful for the faults of other? Share away!)