You can’t tell by looking at me, but I have a fake tooth.
That in and of itself is not very unique, but the way I got it probably is.
You know that children’s’ game, Marco Polo?
It’s a game you play in a swimming pool. You close your eyes and yell “Marco.” Your friends yell back “Polo,” and you try to catch them by following the sound of their voices.
I’m sure you’ve played it; it’s a pretty harmless game. Well, as long as you play in the pool it is.
One day when I was a kid, some friends and I thought it would be fun to play in the front yard.
I volunteered to go first. I took off my glasses and put on a blindfold. (You’re cringing already, aren’t you?)
“Marco,” I shouted.
I knew where the voices were coming from, so I took off running…in my front yard…with a blindfold on. (Not my finest hour!) Oh, did I mention my mom drove a school bus when I was young?
I ran (full speed) right into the front of that bus! And, apparently the first thing to hit was my face. It didn’t hurt too badly until I looked in the mirror and realized I was missing a tooth! Cue the waterworks…
Needless to say, I made a mistake. I mean, I blindfolded myself and ran into a bus.
Hey, if you’re like me, sometimes you just do bonehead things.
Actually, we all make mistakes. We make them with our parents and children; we make them at work and with our friends. The list goes on and on. The truth is mistakes are inevitable.
But, we shouldn’t condemn ourselves and each other for the mistakes we make. God doesn’t.
Romans 8:28 reminds us “that in all things God works for the good of those who love him.” All things…even your mistakes.
You know, I’m not perfect because I have a Savior; I have a Savior because I’m not perfect.
Sometimes I forget that and beat myself up (and others) over mistakes for days, months and even years!
Do you do that? If there’s a mistake you need to let go of, do it today. Who knows, one day you may even be able to laugh about it. Like the time I…