"Stuck in the rain"...and the problem with overlooking small problems

broken-windowMy broken window theory. The other night, it was incredibly beautiful outside and we decided that it would be perfect to go and play tennis with some friends.  After the sun had gone down, we did just that.

About an hour into playing tennis, we heard rumbles of thunder and could see clouds rolling in over the bay.  We decided to stick it out and keep playing.  A half hour later, there were more consistent rumbles and flashes of lightning too.  We continued playing.  Fifteen minutes after that, we felt drops on our heads and hands.  We still weren't moved.  Finally, it poured and we scrambled back to the car.

As we were scrambling, I remembered that the window to the car was stuck down.  So, guess what, the driver (aka me) got drenched.  Rain was flushing into the car as I drove home using the wipers and also wiping the inside of the windshield so I could see.   What an inconvenience!!!

For a moment I thought, "Wow, this is the worst possible time for it to rain."  Two seconds into that thought, I realized that the window had been broken all day...even two days now...and I had two full days to fix the window but I didn't.  It wasn't until it rained that the broken window bothered me.

Problems like my "broken window" seem to be common.  These types of "small problems" often remain in a state of disrepair until it is absolutely URGENT that they get fixed.  The sad thing is that I knew the window was broken, I had all the warning signs that the storm was coming, I just played dumb...and I got wet. :)

How often do we allow small problems in our lives to go unfixed and choose to ignore them rather than to repair them.  As the broken window didn't seem so bad until the storm came, so can our problems seem insignificant until they cause a crisis!

My advice is to take note of the little things in life that you know you should work on.  Little problems turn into big problems under the "right circumstances."  Those "right circumstances" have a an even greater chance of coming with each ignorance of an opportunity to fix them.

"My son, preserve sound judgment and discernment, do not let them out of your sight; they will be life for you, an ornament to grace your neck. Then you will go on your way in safety, and your foot will not stumble; when you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet. Have no fear of sudden disaster or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked, for the LORD will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being snared." Proverbs 3:21-26

Don't let you motivation to fix a problem be that it's too late not to fix it.