The other day, while I was backing out of my parking space at Walmart, a lady backed into the side of my truck. She did not look, only glanced behind her, then just backed up. It happened so fast; I did not have time to react.
Now, I have a big dent in the side of my truck, right behind the back passenger door. I like my truck. It is paid off, runs great, looks good, and will give me many more miles. Every few weeks, I get a request in the mail or a phone call asking me to consider trading her in for a new model. No way! We have too many miles and adventures together with many more coming.
Now, she is dented and damaged, but still useful. Life is filled with many dents and damages. As we live, situations and people leaves dents in our hearts and minds. Many times, these dents are inflicted without any intentions. Our hearts and lives are damaged by the dents left by others, some intentional and others not.
The key is how we respond. When the lady backed into the side of my truck, I had a choice to make. I could get upset and throw a tantrum on her. I could holler, yell, and scream. I could question her driving ability. I could place all the blame on her. Or, I could remain calm, controlled, and level-headed.
She did not mean to dent my car. It was an accident with no malice intent. It happened like life happens. The response to these dents in life is the key to continuing to enjoy life. I did, by the grace of the Lord, respond with kindness and calmness. Hopefully, it helped her, because she was very upset she dented by truck. She apologized for the incident.
I know it helped me because it kept my attitude in the right place. Now, when I see the dent it reminds me, it is not a big deal; it is trivial. No one got hurt. No one’s life was altered. It is only a dent!
Have you allowed little dents to destroy your attitude, peace, joy, and relationships? Remember to keep trivial things trivial!
One great verse to live by: Ephesians 4:32 KJV “And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”