Letting go of good ideas.

I have more ideas than good ideas. And I have more good ideas than I have time for.

When I was planning a wedding a year ago, I thought it would be fun to have my comments start with A, B, C, and D. And I thought it would be fun to buy alphabet blocks. I’d make a pile with the initials of the couple, the date, and the four letters. And then, after the wedding, I’d use my band saw and cut the faces off the blocks in thin slices. I’d glue them edge to edge, mount them in a frame and give it to the couple.

That was a year ago. The bag of blocks sat on a file cabinet next to my printer. I saw them every week and was reminded of this undone project.

Last week, we had a vow-renewal party. It gave my friends the opportunity for a larger party than we had last year. I decided that reviewing the four points made sense.

Then I handed the groom the four blocks. I handed the bride the bag of blocks. I said something like, “Sometimes Pinterest ideas are best left on Pinterest. And sometimes blocks are best left as blocks. And sometimes I have to let go.”

We all laughed.

And I felt free of an expectation I had created for myself, one that the couple didn’t put on me. After all, we had spent many Saturday evenings together in the last year. The time in relationship was way more valuable than time spent in the woodshop.

This story helps me understand the image from Hebews 12 of letting go of the things that hinder us. Good things that don’t let us move forward.

Sometimes it can be as easy as A. B. C.

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About Jon Swanson

Social media chaplain. Author of "Lent For Non-Lent People" and "A Great Work: A Conversation With Nehemiah For People (Who Want To Be) Doing Great Works." Writer of 300wordsaday.com. I help people understand. Understand some of the Bible. Understand what Lent can be about. Understand what it means to follow.

One thought on “Letting go of good ideas.

  1. I suspect the issue wasn’t “finding time” but “finding passion.” I’ll bet you could have made time for that project, but it would have taken you away from the core path as you perceive it.

    The trick, it seems, is to throw off those things that, however much fun they might be, hinder us from running the race we’re trying to run.

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