A Study in Grace

by Mollianne on August 25, 2014

Not too long ago I cleaned out {with his permission}the Rocket Man’s t-shirt drawer.

More than a few made their way to a black garbage bag and on to the Goodwill.

Shirts that were frayed, stained and well-worn, shirts sporting college logos {Go Dawgs!}, Red Cross Blood Drive slogans {he’s a devoted donor}, automotive references {he’s a garage kind of guy}, as well as various and sundry odd pieces for volunteer activities and rock bands. Seems like I put a blue million shirts in that bag, and the drawer is still chock full of shirts.

As I unfolded the shirts I checked for holes, spots and stains {and I’ll have to admit, shirts I just don’t like}, I was reminded again of one of his qualities.

He uses a thing until it has lost its utility.

He is one who will fix a thing and continue to use it rather than simply trash it for something newer, shinier or more high-tech. Case in point: his lawnmower. He bought a 2-stroke Lawn Boy when he moved into this house 26 years ago.  The lawn has been mowed just about  every week of the summer for those years.

Until he absolutely had to replace it last summer, the old Lawn Boy was repaired several times.

I helped him more than once as he took apart and fixed it himself. He took it to a lawnmower repair shop and paid someone else to fix it.  I offered, once, to purchase a new one for him for Father’s Day.  He declined.  He said, “Mollianne, this mower works just fine.  No need to get another one.”

It was a sad and sorry day for him when he had to cry ‘Uncle’ and put his beloved Lawn Boy out to the street. I can promise you he got every last revolution of the blade that machine had to give.

Not many folks are willing to take the time to fix something that is broken. Especially when they have the means to purchase a new, snazzy replacement.  But my Rocket Man? That is just the type of man he is.  His character runs deep and he enjoys giving new life to things that others might toss out.

Those shirts, those well-worn shirts, reminded me that there are things worth fixing and holding onto.  Even when I’m trying to learn to let go of some things, I must remember there are things I need to hold onto. To fix and repair and reuse. Some things I carry in my heart are worth repair and re-evaluation.

Relationships.  Memories. Attitudes.  Circumstances.

How easily have I tossed aside a relationship that is torn, rather than try to mend it?  Hateful memories…to the trash before I’ve learned from them!  Bad attitudes tossed out for all to see.  Circumstances wallowed in as opposed to facing them and attempting to give them new life.

As I lovingly placed these shirts that he has worn and absolutely worn-out in the bag, I whispered a prayer of praise and thanksgiving for the man who teaches me the value of having less disposable tendencies.

A man who lives out his faith daily for the world to see.

Who sees redemption in things in which others find of little or no value.

He is the same with people.

When others would throw judgment at someone who has made a mistake, his answer has been, “We don’t throw people away because they’ve made a mistake.”

That, my friends, is a study in Grace.

God’s grace. The kind that says even though she is broken, I’m not giving up on her. I’m not tossing her out. I’m going to give her new life. I’m going to make her new.

So, I’m thanking God for this man He placed in my life. My man. And his wont to save things and fix them. {even when I might want to throw things out and am lured by the  new and shiny.}

And I’m asking God asking for the wisdom to know when to hold onto something and when to let it go.

~Mollianne

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Teri Lynne Underwood August 26, 2014 at 12:19 pm

Oh Molli … I love every word of this. And the man about whom it is written is truly one of the most amazing people I’ve ever been privileged to know. Love to you both!

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Mollianne August 26, 2014 at 11:19 pm

Thank you, Teri Lynne. I’m so anxious to see you on Thursday!

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jeanne August 28, 2014 at 8:10 am

Mornin’ Mollianne… That’s beautiful tribute to your guy, and sweet writing. Glad I got to see it. Hat’s off to both of you. Have fun with your Mom and Dad’s house and your own. Til later, jeanne :)

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Mollianne August 30, 2014 at 6:53 pm

Thank you, Jeanne!

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c.a. September 2, 2014 at 8:11 am

Oh Mollianne, Mollianne, Mollianne! Tears streaming down my cheeks this morning. I needed this. And you are such a fantastic writer! Loved this.

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Mollianne September 2, 2014 at 7:21 pm

Sweet Carol Ann…I’m humbled and grateful if something from my heart and hands met a need for you. Your praise is so encouraging. Thank you, my friend!

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