Last Friday, I came home to find out there was a leak under the kitchen sink. My wife and I had a choice to make- for me to try and fix it or to wait until Monday for a plumber. That’s not a choice, so our next decision was how to adjust for the weekend. We diverted some activity to the bathroom sink, however, we still needed to wash some dishes. We placed a bucket underneath the sink which caught most of the drips, but the bucket filled quickly. Within less than 36 hours, we had adapted our routine to decrease the number of trips we had to take to empty the bucket.
I thought about this situation and how quickly we can change with motivation. Within hours, the parameters for the water usage went from unlimited to bucket size. When the water I used became what I had to carry, I had a different perspective on what I needed. Where else in our lives or leadership do we need to adjust our perspectives or habits with how we use our resources? If we made some minor adaptations, how might that decrease the buckets we carry or that others carry?How could small acts of “self-denial” draw us closer to others and to the One who helps us carry everything? Unfortunately, for our budget, the plumber comes today. Something tells me though; I have a lot more opportunity for growth in everything but the kitchen sink.