I woke up on this beautiful fall Monday with the expectations of a wonderful day. Those expectations vanished quickly when the guy in the picture below got out of my swimming pool. He gave me the bad news. The leak had been identified and it couldn’t be patched. I will have to replace the pool liner. I quickly became frustrated and aggravated at the unwanted expense. We just bought the house this past summer. Coming off the hip for a pool liner heading into winter just seems like a waste.
The next few minutes were spent complaining, pouting and grumbling. And then it dawned on me. My perspective was totally off this morning.
This morning, millions of people up and down the east coast, in the Bahamas, Jamaica and Haiti are wondering and worrying about far more important things than a pool liner. Their homes have been destroyed. Many of them don’t have flood insurance. Some of them lost a family member or a friend to Hurricane Matthew. The pictures are heartbreaking. They are truly devastated. I can’t begin to imagine their pain and loss.
Then my phone began to be blown up with text messages. Two long time members of the church I pastor, passed away within moments of one another. Now two widows will have to do life without their spouse by their side. They will have to make major adjustments in their lives. Far more difficult stuff than replacing a pool liner.
I wish I could say that I get it right more than I get it wrong. But so often, days like today remind that I lose perspective too easily. It’s a pool liner for crying out loud. My family has a place to sleep tonight. Our home wasn’t flooded during the hurricane. No one died. My perspective was way off.
I have since repented and asked for forgiveness. The Lord has blessed me far beyond what I deserve. I’m going to continue to strive towards maintaining a proper perspective. And I pray when the next crisis comes my way (a pool liner isn’t even a crisis – but my actions said otherwise), may the Lord help me with my perspective. Today, it was way off.