The phone was silent but the text on the screen cried out, “I’m sorry”. My friend had made a blunder, a mistake, and she was remorseful. Her mistake didn’t directly affect me but I felt her pain. I could relate.
I’m the wonder of blunder!
I’ve been known to stick my foot in my mouth a time or two…or ten. Every now and then I reverse numbers, (thank you Jesus for online banking). I’ve left the main ingredient out of many a recipe, forgotten family members names while introducing them, I’ve said things a little too loudly that I shouldn’t have been saying at all, forgotten important birthdays, and I’ve sent a few texts to the wrong people. Uh oh!
Yep, goof ups, mess ups, oh no’s, and uh oh’s. Sad to say I could list many more.
Not all blunders are hurtful, but some are, and I feel horrible when I’ve battered someone with a blunder that left a bruise. We’ve all been on the wrong side of that hurt.
Most of us don’t set out to make mistakes that leave behind a bruise. Our intentions are generally pure. I just wish the resulting chaos it caused would go away.
Moreover, I want to be forgiven by those whose pain I’ve caused.
God’s Word reminds us in Colossians 3:13, to make allowance for each others faults, and forgive because God forgives us.
Make allowance means, I need to allow someone to mess up. I need give out a token of grace .
Okay, on the flip side to my mess-ups, I try not to be easily offended by others who mess-up on me. However sometimes I wear my feelings on my sleeve. I guess I need a thicker sleeve, or skin. I’m working on it.
And that’s all God wants us to do, work on it; make every effort to live in peace with everyone (Hebrews 12:14).
The more mistakes I make the less I’m offended by others. So I guess you could say blunders aren’t all bad. When we apply God’s Word, our blunders can be a part of our character building process.
Okay friends, next time I send you the wrong text or forget your name when I’m introducing you, put God’s Word into practice by forgiving me. Remember that I’m helping you build character!