Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff
This morning, my husband nonchalantly mentioned that he thought it was rather strange that our eye glass cleaner is nestled in between the “Slap Ya Mama” spice mix and the “Blazin’ Saddle Habanero Pepper sauce”. Why did it end up there, you ask? – because it’s a small and convenient cupboard to open, where the two of us can use the eye glass cleaner and still be able to watch the birds nibble on their suet breakfast outside our kitchen window.
I suppose it’s for the same odd reason that our neighbour’s contact information is under “N” in the address book, even though their last name starts with “B”. Why, you ask again? – because it’s under “Neighbours”, with all the other neighbour’s addresses and phone numbers. Duh.
Makes perfect sense to me.
Don’t get me started on my infamous filing system that drives Chris insane. When he’s looking for the instruction book for the food processor, he should know it’s under “A”… …for Appliances. Right?
I don’t always “get” Chris either. I don’t understand why he eats ice cream in the weirdest way or why he uses Q Tips more often than dental floss or why he throws all the garbage behind the passenger’s seat in the car.
The thing is that it doesn’t really matter. A respectful “Why?” is often asked, an informative “Because” is often given and and most of the time, the answer doesn’t make sense to either of us….so we just move on.
We all have our quirks. I fell in love with an imperfect person and so did Chris.
Dr. Seuss taught me something years ago –
“We are all a little weird and life’s a little weird, And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love.”
Not strong biblical thinking and personally, I think Dr. Seuss is a bit weird himself but there is something profoundly liberating in his words – because he comes back to love.
Jim Barksdale famously said, “The main thing is to make the main thing the main thing.”
…and I believe the Jesus would agree that the main thing is love.
Loving Him, loving my neighbours and – even when I can’t understand how Chris can literally spend hours in the bathroom reading – loving my spouse. When Chris and I got married, we danced to the song, “Picture in a Frame” by Tom Waits. My favourite words in the song are “I’m gonna love you, Till the wheels come off.”
With God’s help, that’s what I plan to do. Forget the quirks – just love.
MAKE A MOMENT TO MUSE
- Can you think of three of your own quirks?
- What do you think of when you read, “The main thing is to make the main thing the main thing.”
- Why is the main thing, “love”?
spiritual truth: Three things will last forever–faith, hope, and love–and the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13.13