Last time I wrote about liking when I make mistakes because it keeps me humble, I was told that was the fourth or so time I mentioned that. I got the message.
Two people wrote to tell me our organ is a “tracker” organ and not a “teacher” organ as I wrote earlier this week.
I know that!
Someone tell my fingers.
For my whole ministry, I have signed my letters, “Yours in Christ.” Almost every time I type that I type “Your sin Christ.” I just did, believe it or not. Fortunately most of the time I catch my error and correct it before pressing “send.” I clumsily type “You sin Christ,” when I mean to type, “Yours in Christ.” A few “Sanitizers” back, however, I didn’t. One alert reader was amused by this (Minx) and told me about my mistake.
I find it amusing that the mistake I make is with the word “sin.” “Your sin Christ,” sounds like I am making it sound as if Christ is sin. I know better than that and I am counting on his mercy for my sloppiness.
I have tried many times to train my fingers to type it the right way the first time, but am a miserable failure. So we deal with it.
The amazing words of the apostle Paul come to mind from Romans 7
The Inner Conflict
14 For we know that the law is spiritual; but I am of the flesh, sold into slavery under sin.[c] 15 I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. 16 Now if I do what I do not want, I agree that the law is good. 17 But in fact it is no longer I that do it, but sin that dwells within me. 18 For I know that nothing good dwells within me, that is, in my flesh. I can will what is right, but I cannot do it. 19 For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I do. 20 Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I that do it, but sin that dwells within me.
21 So I find it to be a law that when I want to do what is good, evil lies close at hand. 22 For I delight in the law of God in my inmost self, 23 but I see in my members another law at war with the law of my mind, making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. 24 Wretched man that I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? 25 Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!
So then, with my mind I am a slave to the law of God, but with my flesh I am a slave to the law of sin.
Wretched man that I am! Paul had no idea. He had no typewriter, no word processor, no computer.
“Wretched man that I am.” For sure!
I do not do the good that I want.
Error after error after error.
What do my errors teach me? My mistakes? My failures?
They teach me I need a savior. God has sent one. Jesus.
Please join me in prayer. “Dear Lord, imperfect I am. Mistakes I pile up. Errors I add. Sins I heap up. There is nowhere else to go but t you for mercy and goodness. I am confident you will lift from me this mass of wrong that weighs me down and keeps me from you. Thank you. Help me to better and above all help me to remember that in your eyes I am pure by your mercy in Jesus. Amen.”