Mistakes are unavoidable in life. Unfortunately, some individuals feel they will never make a mistake in their lives.
That is the first blunder.
Because of my life’s blunders, I am where I am now. I’ve learned a lot from my errors, but I haven’t learnt how to avoid doing them again.
If I were to offer that prize to someone who has never made a mistake in their life, I would have to give it to the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage. Perhaps the closest she’s ever gotten to making a mistake was marrying me, but it was definitely not my fault. I made the finest decision of my life when I married her.
I believe she makes errors, but she quickly corrects them before anybody notices. I’d want to know how she does it.
Those who believe they make no errors in life are delusory and are not really living.
I recall making a mistake some years ago. For the week, I intended to fill up my vehicle with petrol. It was definitely on the verge of running out of gas. I should not have let things to get to that point, but I did.
I remembered something I wanted to pick up at Publix, which was on the way, as I drove to the gas station. So I pulled over, walked inside, purchased what I needed, and then got in my vehicle to go get some petrol.
The engine did not start when I turned the key to start it. At the moment, I didn’t know what to do. I tried everything I could to get it started, but nothing worked.
Then I saw that the gasoline tank indicator had reached empty, indicating that the vehicle had run out of petrol.
That was a huge blunder. That blunder resulted in a disastrous outcome for me.
For a few seconds, I sat in the vehicle, gazing at my phone. I knew what I needed to do, but I was apprehensive about doing it. I tried starting it again after a few minutes and got the same result.
I continued to stare at my phone while sitting quietly in the vehicle. I didn’t have a choice at the moment. I had no choice but to do what I had to do.
As a result, I dialed the number for the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage.
“”Could you buy a can of gasoline and bring it to me?” I asked as gently as I could, which was much over my pay grade. I’m at Publix right now.”
On the other end, I heard quiet followed by laughter.
“Are you telling me your vehicle is out of gas?” she said, trying not to laugh.
She obviously knew the answer to that question, but she used it to irritate me.
“I simply want to know if you can bring me a can of fuel to Publix,” I responded sarcastically.
I believe she picked up on my dissatisfaction in my tone.
That was unquestionably a second blunder on top of the first.
“Oh, I may be able to get over there in about three hours,” she responded.
Over the phone, I could hear her giggling. Another error I made was pretending I didn’t hear her chuckle.
I hung up the phone and sat in my vehicle, expecting a three-hour wait for her to arrive with the truck’s petrol.
After my fourth big breath, I saw my wife driving her van and pulling up to my vehicle. I caught a glimpse of her through the glass, and she was wearing the largest grin I’d ever seen on her face.
“Is this the vehicle that’s out of gas?” she said as she stepped out of her van.
At this time, I’d exhausted all of my blunders and could only nod my head in agreement.
She retrieved a can of gas from her vehicle and placed it next to my truck. I took it up and dumped it into the petrol tank of my vehicle.
When I was done, I returned the can to her vehicle and shut the door. Then I just looked at her and said, “Thank you very much for your assistance.”
“Do you think you should go fill up your vehicle with petrol right now?” she said, chuckling.
“I’m going to fill this vehicle up with as much petrol as I can get right now,” I informed her, having run out of errors.
I took my time getting to the gas station and filling up my vehicle since I knew as soon as I came home, my wife would start laughing about my error again.
My most important lessons have come through my blunders. But the learning will only come when I address the issue and correct it.
I agree with what David stated “Who can comprehend his blunders? Cleanse myself of my hidden flaws ” (Psalm 19:12).
It’s one thing to cope with immediate problems; it’s quite another to be free of hidden flaws. As a result, I’m learning to cope with the errors I don’t realize I’m making every day.
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