Mistakes, did you ever make one?

imagesLast week I wrote devotion and asked if you could make a silk purse from a sow’s ear, one person commented: “Yes, it would be nice if we could only make silk purses from sows ears! As my Dad used to tell me ” There is a little sour with the sweet.”  I, as all, only wanted the sweet. We only get to go through life one time without any do-over’s and the mistakes that we and our children make, we must learn to make the most of.”  Another commented that they “still felt like they were in the room of manure, with no pony!” I have been in the manure room a lot myself lately, however, I do believe there is a pony in there…somewhere! Mistakes? We all make them; some can work to our good and some we just have to learn a lesson from. There are mistakes that no amount of fixing can help, such as my Pineapple Up-side Down Cake! When I was learning to cook, and doing a pretty good job with “noodle dishes” and casseroles, desserts were yet to be learned. My mother called and told me they were bringing home the Senior pastor, they were working for, for coffee. I told her I would make a cake to go with it! I didn’t, yet, know the difference between baking soda and baking powder and, you guessed it, making the cake “from scratch” I used the soda instead of the powder, no need to tell you that it was quite obvious and was HORRIBLE! I thanked God the coffee was good and poor old preacher was no worse for the terrible bite of cake, except it took several minutes for his mouth to unpucker! It reminded me of the apple pie a lady made for us to have, at her house, after a church service. She was famous for her apple pie! Somehow, whether aging eyes or her mean younger brother, the salt and sugar canisters contents had gotten switched! My dad was offered the first piece and she was watching his face to see his delight, and asking him if he would like some cheese to go on top of it, all while he was trying to hold a straight face and making an attempt to swallow the briny apple pie. He held his expression until another of her brothers had tasted the pie. When he took his bit of pie he spewed it out and a shout of laughter went up, the rest is history! There is always the Sunday that my dad, while delivering his Easter sermon, said that Jesus had ridden into Jerusalem on his “donker”… there was no way for us to hold our laughter, he let it pass, thank goodness, but the day we broke down and laughed, when my brother’s voice was in the midst of changing during his puberty, and he hit the most terrible note to the top of his lungs singing “the anchor holds and grips the solid ROCK”, was funny, not so much to our dad who turned to us and, in front of the congregation, asked us “what was so funny about Jesus”. Mistakes like those are funny and can be fixed, other life mistakes not so easily. Samson made the mistake of trusting Delilah causing him to lose his super natural strength, his relationship with his God, and his eyesight. Achan made the mistake of taking a wedge of gold and some garments from the defeated enemy camp; it cost him, not only, his life, but the life of his entire family. Esau made the mistake of selling his birthright to his younger brother, Hebrews 12:13-17 Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord: looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled; lest there be any fornicator or profane person like Esau, who for one morsel of food sold his birthright. For you know that afterward, when he wanted to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no place for repentance, though he sought it diligently with tears. If you have made one mistake or many, ask God to forgive and help you.   1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Merry Christmas!

2 Replies to “Mistakes, did you ever make one?”

  1. Sorry I lost track a long long time ago. I believe I covered every subject to be had one way or another. One time I was teaching some new people at work & I showed them my mechanical pencil. I had added a big red eraser to it instead of using the little round white one that came with it. I told them I was not ashamed to admit that I made mistakes & plenty of them thus the big eraser. I noticed some of them later doing the same thing. I am so thankful God has the biggest eraser this world has ever had. When I call Him & tell Him what I have done wrong & ask Him for forgiveness- He hauls that big eraser out & wipes it away. It never leaves a stain of any kind. If my forward sight was as good as my backward sight was I would never wear out my eraser but it doesn’t work that way. Never get so prideful you can not admit that you have een wrong & refuse to ask for His forgiveness. I like what Jesus told the disciples- forgive 70 times 70 & then do it over again. God bless & Merry Christmas


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