Wrong Date … Right Paper
Last week’s THOUGHTS WORTH THINKING (the paper version) had some mistakes on the cover page. One was the wrong date; the other was the wrong number within the volume. Most folks never notice such things, or at least I thought few folks noticed; but this past week, it was noticed by more folks than usual. Oh, they took a copy, read it, and noticed the articles were different than last week. I’m happy about that as it proves they read it, and it proves they want it each week! It was just a mistake: but I’m glad they noticed. (And yes, I’ve double-checked this week’s date!)
It got me to thinking about “wrong dates; right paper” situation. Did you ever go to the doctor, or some other appointment all prepared for whatever procedure the appointment demanded, only to find out you had the wrong date? Have you ever had the right date but the wrong paperwork? (Been there, done that as well!) The point is, we often get something “stuck in our heads” and just don’t “check the fine print,” as we say, to confirm things!
We call it a “mistake” and learn from it. Those who make these mistakes (like I do) take it in stride but admittedly feel a bit embarrassed. It isn’t a crucial mistake: I know a preacher that once told me he purposely leaves mistakes in his writings – it lets him find out who reads his work! But the fact someone noticed the little things, the details that are taken for granted, that’s the thing I muse about!
What about our conduct before others: our words and deeds that through daily life we just take for granted? Do others note the missing details that should be expressed, double-checked, and accurate as we endeavor to show others what being a Christian is all about?
Muse with me: Jesus was so careful in the fulfilling of every prophecy regarding of the old law (i.e., O.T.) that He said, “For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.” (Matthew 5:18) In our language that means “every i dotted, every t crossed.” Are we that careful with our lives as we live them before those we’re endeavoring to convert to God’s Truth? Yes, it takes a lot more diligence than merely running things through “spell-check” or “Grammarly”. It takes a very close examination (2 Corinthians 13:5). But it’s worth it, friend! Someone you may never suspect is watching you! Muse on that reality!