Small Fix, Big Difference

By Davalynn Spencer @davalynnspencer

My front door wasn’t doing its job.

At first, I couldn’t get it open without a crow bar (slight exaggeration). A few weeks later, it wouldn’t lock. (No exaggeration.) I jammed a chair under the doorknob at night as an extra precaution.

One day my son said, “Let me take a look at it.”

He looked, said it needed a shim, and asked if I had a piece of cardboard.

Um, sure. As a former elementary school teacher, I have a piece of everything tucked away somewhere.

He sized down the cardboard—way down—and slid it behind one of the door hinges, replaced the screws and closed the door. Perfectly. The dead bolt slid home with a clunk, and the latch worked.

Not at all the fix I was fearing.

I didn’t know much about shims until I needed one. Originally I thought the problem called for a different solution—something major like a new door or a new lock. Something that was going to cost me a lot of money and time and frustration.

All I needed was a shim.

You see it coming, don’t you?

Small fix, big difference. The successful fixes in our lives are often simple adjustments.


A smile.

Kind words.


As we walk through the door marked 2016, let’s not overlook the small comment, gesture, or gift that could make all the difference in the world.



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4 thoughts on “Small Fix, Big Difference

  1. Aww, this SO TRUE!!! Sometimes, when we fear what we don’t know, we imagine the worst. And then along comes a shim. Or two screws, like the ones needed for a downstairs door that had been “broken” for a year or three. And sometimes, it’s a smile…from the guy driving the bulldozer to get rid of our giant pile of stuff. Thankfully, we have Jesus.
    This was lovely, thank you, Davalynn.
    PS-the math question took 2 tries. I blame my vision.

    1. davalynn

      I’m so glad God worked all this into His economy. Little is doable. Whew! Thanks for reading, Jennifer. And yeah, I’m with ya’ on the math stuff.

  2. Thanks so much for the reminder that I have a tendency to make mountains out of molehills! Happy New Year!

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Marjorie. So glad you enjoyed the post.


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