One of my favorite quotes is “Bad planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on mine.”  That may seem a little snarky, but its true. Right?   Have you been there? On what side? When I first saw that quote it was hanging in the breakroom of the place where I worked;  a business that  provided custom made products to clients. For a long time I was on the snarky end of that statement.  I am typically a fanatic planner, but I have fallen into the front side of that quote once or twice and needed someone to bail me out of my emergency.   I think we’ve all been there. 

Bad planning can be a bad habit, and a hard one to break.   Since I am an Enneagram 8 and a very type A personality, bad planning is not something I struggle with, but I know that many do, including my husband.  He is, among other things, a college teacher, so he deals with others in the bad planner school of discipline even more than I do.  He shares  (anonymously of course) some of his student’s reasons for missing tests,  or class requirements and some of them are quite laughable. He once had a student claim that the reason she had not completed any assignments in the on-line class she was enrolled in,  was that she did not have a computer. Maybe the class description should have been more clear in the catalog that on-line classes require the student to have means to connect to the internet.  Perhaps this is the ultimate example of  bad planning, but I am more inclined to think it is a great example of how we make ourselves feel better for our mistakes by finding an excuse to cover them up.  We  don’t want to own it when we blow it. 

Walking a life in Christ is hard. 

We make mistakes. 

A lot of them.

I know I do.

Every day.

What separates those who are successful from those who aren’t is the line that is drawn between one  of two categories.  Do you own it and fix it, or do you make excuses and continue to blow it? Where do you fall? Do you walk that line in between?  More often than I like to admit, I have made excuses for my short comings or bad decisions.  It is a natural tendency to want to protect ourselves from our stupidity.  We don’t want to look like the fool that we are. So we cover it up.  The question is this– ‘ Who are you covering it up for?’  Those that you are trying to fool can see right through it. If you are hiding from God?  He knows.  So who’s left?  Yourself.  You are trying to make yourself feel better.

Does it work? 

Be honest. 

My second favorite quote is; ” I’m sorry I’m late, I got here as soon as I wanted to.”  Also a bit snarky.  But it is the truth.  This is truly  ‘owning it.’

We all make choices- good ones and bad ones, but as Christians we have to also make the choice to atone for the bad ones. We can’t make any excuses- we have to go to God, confess our sins. (little and big it makes no difference) and ask forgiveness. 

Then what?

We do better. We try again. We work to get it right. We take a step in the opposite direction from the path we were on. We repent and start over. The cool thing is that God lets us. Every time. If we are truly on the path to righteousness, and truly seeking to walk in His ways, we get a ‘do-over. ‘  Because we are simply human and destined to be imperfect,  we all need God to give us another chance to get it right., and He does.  He gave us a contract  for this forgiveness through His son, Jesus. 

EVERY

TIME

The greatest thing about giving up your mistakes in confession is the forgiveness that is received.  God wants to forgive us. He loves us. Think about how you felt as a child when you said you were sorry for whatever thing you did ; tears on your little face,  scared of impending punishment; sick to your stomach; shaking in your boots,   and your parent or your teacher  or your friend  heard your apology and said  “It’s okay”  or ” We’ll work it out.”  Remember that feeling of relief?  Remember the tears being wiped away or the hug that followed?  It’s just like that with Jesus. 

Only better. 

Here is another great thing.—– It doesn’t matter what you have done. It doesn’t matter how bad you think you are.  No mistake- no sin is too great for God. Did you hear that?  You are NEVER to far gone for Him.  God is a good and merciful Father and He loves you. Let him wipe away your tears.    There is nothing that would make your heavenly Father happier than for you to come to Him  with your mistakes laid bare so that He can say ” I love you anyway.”  

So why do we see all this stuff in the news where Christians are caught doing all kinds of bad things? Why do we see  ugliness and atrocities committed by those who have been serving in churches and  Christian organizations?  People claim the name of Christ and then commit murder in His name. People claim Jesus and then  act in unkind ways to their neighbors. People preach love and then live in hate. People lie and cheat and steal and . . . . . . . . . 

People

Humans

Sinners

We all need forgiveness.

Repent

Do better

Stop making excuses

Own it

 

3 thoughts on “My dog ate my homework

  1. Shelly,
    This is exactly what I needed tonight. I was a few days late in reading it, but it came at just the right time. God had His timing with it all planned out. Thank you so much for writing what He tells you to write! Love you, Sister!

  2. “he greatest thing about giving up your mistakes in confession is the forgiveness that is received. God wants to forgive us. He loves us. Think about how you felt as a child when you said you were sorry for whatever thing you did ; tears on your little face, scared of impending punishment; sick to your stomach; shaking in your boots, and your parent or your teacher or your friend heard your apology and said “It’s okay” or ” We’ll work it out.” Remember that feeling of relief? Remember the tears being wiped away or the hug that followed? It’s just like that with Jesus.
    Only better.”
    This is the best takeaway!!!!!

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