Recently I went to a conference to learn about church leadership. It was wonderful and amazing and I learned so much. While at this conference there was a bookstore set up. I was in heaven! I don’t know about you but I love books. Real books. Not those electronic books. I need a real book that I can write in and highlight and carry with me all the time. So between workshops at the conference I was poking around the bookstore. I found a new Bible at 65% off. It was one with notes that I didn’t already have and it was a nice leather cover, full color maps, and a concordance. It was perfect. The price was right, the tools were right, the texture was right, everything about it was perfect. Almost…I didn’t like the color. So I looked for the same Bible but with different colors and I couldn’t find any. So I asked, but it was on clearance and that was all they had.
So I was left with the perfect Bible to add to my collection but in a color that I didn’t like. I was dejected and I complained to the manager. They apologized and explained that because it was only a three-day conference they did not have a large selection of books.
I ended up buying the Bible and then thinking how silly it was to complain about the color of a Bible. The inside is what matters most.
I wonder how often we end up doing the same thing in other aspects of life? How often is everything perfect and so we find one small part that we almost don’t like and turn it into something huge and throw a fit because we don’t like it?
I think there are times to complain and make a fuss but I think there are other times where we pick our battles and decide which ones just aren’t worth dealing with? Sometimes things aren’t worth worrying about, just take a deep breath and move on.
As I read my Bible, with colors I don’t like on the cover, I see in Matthew 26 and 27 that Jesus knew when to open his mouth and when to keep it shut. He was about to die and still knew enough not to speak up about the little things. Maybe that is an art
we need to I must practice more?