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If you can’t resolve ‘em, perfect ‘em

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An old year is fading and a new year is upon us again. Looking back over the old year, I worry that my blunders were not as bad as they could have been. Did I make all the gaffes I possibly could? Did I fill my quota? What is my quota, anyway?

The New Year offers the opportunity to start over. Actually, what happens is people simply make new mistakes curiously similar to the mistakes made during the old year. What a waste of time.

What is wrong with my old mistakes? The only thing I can think of is that I did not work hard enough to make the most of them. It is one thing to make a mistake, but it is quite another thing to perfect the art of making a mistake so that you do not have to repeat it ever again. Too many amateurs have given mistake-making a bad name.

Some mistakes take lots of time to fully mature, but when its time comes, I want to make sure it is implemented as smoothly and as perfectly as possible. I refuse to execute any mistake before its time.

If I am any judge of character, the majority of people will not make any new mistakes this coming New Year. Oh, they think they are making new mistakes but in reality, they are dusting off old ones and re-dating them for the current year. 

For those who take mistake-making seriously, allow me to offer some help to guide this pursuit in the coming New Year. 

Look back over the old year and make a list of all of the mistakes you have made. If you are a husband, solicit help from your wife, who will be able to remember all of those mistakes you have forgotten. (Not to mention one or two you did not make.)

Go over each mistake on your list and determine if it needs repeated for the New Year. It does not make sense in doing new mistakes if you are not finished with the old ones. Nothing is more disheartening than a half-baked mistake.

For every mistake from the previous year not needing repeating, place a nice red star in front of it. That mistake can now go into your Hall of Blame, which you will never have to repeat again. Of course, you will have some mistakes, even though they have been perfectly executed are well worth repeating. 

Now look at all of those mistakes listed for repeating during the New Year. Prioritize them so you can begin the New Year with a good plan.

Prioritizing this list and think of ways in which you can improve on your mistakes over the past year. No satisfaction compares with doing something as good as you can.

Some people have the strange idea that they live a completely mistake free life.

The Bible, an authority on mistakes, says this; “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.” (1 John 1:8-10 KJV.)

The great hope we have is that there is no mistake bigger than God’s ability to forgive.

The Rev. James L. Snyder is pastor of the Family of God Fellowship, PO Box 831313, Ocala, FL 34483. He lives with his wife, Martha, in Silver Springs Shores. Call him at 352-687-4240 or email jamessnyder2@att.net. The church website is www.whatafellowship.com.

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