For this week’s “Thursday Quote Day”, here is a quote from Ted Mosby, a character from one of my favorite TV shows that just recently ended, How I Met Your Mother:
“Sometimes things have to fall apart to make way for better things.” (Ted Mosby How I Met Your Mother)
Last night, I watched the newest episode of How I Met Your Mother. One of the interesting plot lines that played out through the episode was the back and forth between Ted and Marshall and Lilly. The back and forth centered around wedding gifts and thank you notes. Ted had allegedly not given Marshall and Lilly a wedding gift years earlier. Marshall and Lilly had allegedly not given Ted a thank you note. It was brought back up with the impending marriage of their friends Barney and Robin.
Throughout the episode, there were flashbacks about how Marshall kept trying to “drop hints” to Ted to get him to give a wedding gift. Meanwhile, Ted would do the same about a thank you note. In the end, the truth came out that Ted did in fact give a wedding gift to Marshall and Lilly.
The thing that stuck out to me about the episode was the motive behind it. Both sides felt they deserved to get something (Marshall and Lilly a wedding gift, Ted a thank you note). But truly, when you give a gift or write a note, you should not expect something in return. That truly is what a gift is. Giving with no expectations of getting something in return. Thanking someone’s generosity with no expectation of acknowledgement in return.
That’s the awesome thing about grace. God gives us grace when we don’t deserve it. He is the best example of giving. He gave of His Son to die on the cross. Jesus’ sacrifice for our sins is a reason be thankful and to share that.
It is always good to be reminded that it is important to know the reason behind giving and what that should be. As a follower of Jesus, I know that He gives me the ability to give selflessly. And that is something that I’m still working on in my life.
I am a fan of the TV show “How I Met Your Mother”. I didn’t get into the show until a few season into the run when I was in seminary in Kansas City. But I quickly got caught up and have watched every episode since then. I’m sure you will get several posts about the show and about the character Ted Mosby. When I see the character of Ted, I see some of myself in him.
Last Monday’s episode had a scene that was very poignant and stuck with me. To set the scene, Ted and Lily (one of Ted’s best friends) are talking about a list that Ted has written up about all the things he wants to enjoy one last time before he leaves New York for Chicago. I love how Lily responds:
“You wrote all these things to say goodbye to but so many of them are good things. Why not say goodbye to the bad things? Say goodbye to all the times you felt lost. To all the times it was a no instead of a yes. To all the scrapes and bruises. To all the heartache. Say goodbye to all the things you really want to do for the last time….The good things will always be here waiting for you.”
I wish I had video of this but the words still hit home. Bad things will come. But I plan on holding onto the good things wherever I go because I know that God has blessed me a lot even when the bad things are around.