Two politicians had locked themselves out of their car, with important papers inside. They needed those papers for a meeting, which was to start in a few minutes.
One said, “Let’s open the door lock with a coat hanger.”
The other replied, “We can’t do that; it will look like we are breaking into someone’s car.”
The first said, “Then let’s cut the rubber seal with a knife.”
Said the second, “We can’t do that either, or we’ll look like we were just too dumb to use a coat hanger.”
Said the first, “Well, we better do something fast; the top is down and it’s starting to rain.”
Sometimes, we make recovery more difficult that is necessary. Like the men locked out of their car, we go to great lengths to achieve our goals, whether our efforts actually make sense or not.
Recovery Step: Solomon gave us the purpose of wisdom: “To receive instruction in wise dealing, to give prudence to the simple” (Proverbs 1:1). But that wisdom is only of use if we put it into practice.