Few things are flawless.
Maybe that’s how the phrase “That’s why God made such-and-such” got started.
It’s a good phrase, one that covers a multitude of situations.
Have you ever used it? If so, join the club.
But take heart:
Few things require flawlessness.
Your meatloaf that caused the kids to gag a little? That’s why God made ketchup.
That inexpertly cut bathroom tile that fell an inch short of the bathtub? That’s why God made moulding.
The burnt, thick coffee from the gas station closest to the interstate? That’s why God made flavored creamer.
The cord of my circular saw I sliced in half while cutting a board? That’s why God made electrical tape. And dark humor.
But some things do require attention to detail.
I don’t want to hear you say–
That’s why God made bankruptcy attorneys as an way to erase years of living beyond your means…
That’s why God made Emergency Rooms because you installed a ceiling fan without first shutting off the electricity…
That’s why God made morticians because you believed that you could send a text and change lanes on the highway at the same time.
When details matter…
Don’t say That’s why God made when the stakes are too high to fail, or when to fail would cause irreparable harm to you, another, or something you care for deeply.
And do not say That’s why God made—
- When you’re too lazy to research a better way. Do your homework. Measure twice, cut once.
- When you’re too proud to ask for help. Ask. It gives others a chance to show off their knowledge and skills.
- When you’re too hurried to do it right the first time. If you don’t have time to do it right the first time, you really won’t have time to re-do it.
What’s your best “That’s why God made [ ____ ]” statement? And what’s it covering up?