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If You Can't Resolve 'Em, Perfect Last Year's Mistakes (standard:Inspirational stories, 907 words)
Author: GodspenmanAdded: Dec 24 2011Views/Reads: 1601/0Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)
An old year is fading and a new year is upon us again. Each year I go kicking and screaming into the New Year, and not because I am against change. My pants pocket is full of change.

An old year is fading and a new year is upon us again. Each year I go
kicking and screaming into the New Year, and not because I am against 
change. My pants pocket is full of change. 

I simply cannot remember to change the year on the checks I write until
May. By the time, I remember the correct year I have forgotten to make 
deposits into my checking account. I need a reality check, which with 
any luck will not bounce as high as my checkbook. 

That is not the only reason I hesitate going into a new year. The
biggest reason has to do with the mistakes I made during the old year. 

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? 

For many people, the New Year offers the opportunity to start over
again. Actually, what happens is people simply make new mistakes 
curiously similar to the mistakes made during the old year. 

If I have any resolution for the New Year it would be to perfect the
mistakes I have already made. I do not see any sense in making new 
bloopers when I can easily requisition the old ones for duty during the 
New Year. 

And 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. 

Most of my mistakes have been so poorly discharged that in the coming
New Year I will have to re-do many of them. And, frankly, I am tired of 
it all. I am anxious to move on to new areas of mistake making. 

I am convinced there are faux pas to make that I have not dreamed of at
this point in my life. Believe me, I have been dreaming. Actually, the 
gracious mistress of the Parsonage things they are all nightmares. 
However, my horsing around is not limited to the nighttime. 

With that in mind, my resolution for the New Year is to make sure all
mistakes I make (and there will be plenty, I assure you) will be as 
thorough as possible. I refuse to execute any mistake before its time. 

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. 

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. What a waste of time, in my opinion. 

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 repeated, 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. You know which ones they 
are. Don't you? 

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. 

As you prioritize this list, 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. One man's blunder is another man's gaffe. 

Everyone generates mistakes, which is healthy. What is unhealthy is
thinking you have not made any mistakes, which is a mistake. Some 
people have the strange idea that they live a completely mistake free 

A mistake well executed is a mistake never needing repeating. During the
New Year, execute as many mistakes as your conscience will allow. 

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. 


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