LET IT GO!
A newspaper article caught my attention earlier this week. The article in the UK Independence was titled ‘Man spends £30,000 and all of sons’ inheritance fighting £100 speeding fine’. I found the title fascinating and wanted to find out if the story was true or just sensationalism by the reporter.
The clip gave as much information as will show that this is a true story and I just couldn’t help but wonder how this issue could be allowed to degenerate so much.
The story read
A pensioner claims he spent £30,000 of his life savings, including his sons’ inheritance, fighting a £100 speeding fine. Richard Keedwell, 71, says he was wrongly slapped with a fine for travelling at 35mph in a 30mph zone during a day out in Worcester in 2016.
The retired engineer, of Yate, Gloucestershire, is adamant he was not over the speed limit – and even recruited an expert who told a court the speed camera may have been faulty or set off by a car in another lane, the BBC reports. However, despite insisting he had no case to answer, the case at Worcester Magistrates’ Court dragged on for almost three years, eating into Mr Keedwell’s savings as he lost two appeals.
Speaking to the BBC, he said he thought the case would be “fairly quick” but spent “the best part of £30,000” on barristers’ fees, court costs and travel to the court on four separate occasions.
He added that he regretted the amount of money he had spent fighting the case, but that he “very simply wanted justice”.
How on earth did anyone allow a case to go on for so long and cost so much?! A 71 year old man who has worked for the better part of his life, saved money, just ended up wasting it to prove a point. As I looked at this man’s story, I wondered how no one told him to give things a rest or could it be that he was advised but just chose to ignore the advise?
I have realised in life that there are many things that aren’t worth fussing about as the cost of pursuing some form of ‘self satisfying’ justice could be quite high. Many of such things are not just worth the pain and regret as well as waste of time and resources they cause.
God’s word in Proverbs 19:11 says
‘Good sense makes one slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense.’
Overlooking offences or letting things go isn’t a sign of weakness but the bible says, it is good sense and even brings glory to a man. I will rather take the glory and leave foolishness in the pursuit of life.
The old man decided not to let go and ended up not just wasting his emotions, but his time and money. He ended up with regrets; my word of admonition to you today is that you learn to let go; so God can fight for you and bless you in turn.
God is on your side!