At Least I’m Not Stupid!

At Least I’m Not Stupid! February 27, 2011

I love the movie Forrest Gump. The movie is based on a book by Winston Groom. In the book there is a scene in which Forrest and his roommate from the University of Alabama have a problem.  His friend’s car has a flat tire and while he is changing it he drops the lug nuts into the sewer.  The two of them are late for football practice.  Their coach is none other than Bear Bryant, the legendary coach.  He doesn’t tolerate lateness!  What to do?  What to do?

Forrest suggest that they take one nut off the other three tires, then all four wheels will have three nuts.  They could at least get to practice and deal with the situation later!

His friend looks at him… mad at the simplicity of Forrest’s suggestion… and not wanting to be out-smarted by Forrest shouts at the top of his lungs, I don’t understand how you could think of that. You’re an idiot. To which Forrest says, I may be an idiot, but at least I’m not stupid.

It’s amazing how sometimes the most complex problems can have simple solutions.  It is also amazing how we can let problems in the church become more serious than the are.  Or, how problems in our lives become blown out of portion.  Or, how relationships with each other can be destroyed over trivial things.  I like Forrest.  He may be an idiot… but at least he’s not stupid!!!