“Oops! …I Did it Again”


Man, what a piece of work I am.  At this rate, they’ll start naming TV shows after me.  Oh, wait: they’re already taken:   “Arrested Development” …   “The Twilight Zone”  … “Just Shoot Me”

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If you’ve been
Very thin-skinned,
Or you tend
To easily offend,
Well, in the end,
You’re better off then,
Without me as a friend?

= – =

I have hoof-in-mouth disease.  Today I am especially thankful that my good buddies are made of sturdy stuff.  (Well, I’ve been watching God building it into them.)

I can’t speak for any of you, but as for my Christian walk, it’s a dichotomy of grace:  when I am filled with God’s Spirit, it’s beautiful.  HE is beautiful!  But, sadly, if I move into non-self-control mode (mouth moving ahead of discernment)—Heavens, what a garbled mess—and it can happen so quickly:  The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil… 

My precious loved ones are patient, understanding, and forgiving.  They practice forbearance—years and years of it.  Today I sent a feeble (but sincere) apology.  Check out this response:  “No need, we are not that easily offended.  Plus, it was not your heart to hurt anyone. … I love you, Sis.”  This, my dear readers, is a person being set apart by God; gradually sanctified, learning to emulate the gracious God we serve.

What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!

I look forward to heaven.  While I’m here, occasionally I’m a pain.  But I know—because of the death of Christ on my behalf, I will be in heaven.  And it will be different.  I won’t be a pain anymore.  I have His Word on it:  God is among men, and He will dwell among them…  and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain…

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7 Responses to “Oops! …I Did it Again”

  1. Laura–I must have missed something. Well, I have been under the floor of the guest room for the past two days. No excuse tho.
    You did it again. What did you do so terrible i’m in the dark.

    • elsiephoebe says:

      I wanted to spare my readers from wretchedness, but I’m not proud: In a discussion about sin before one is saved versus after, somehow I felt compelled to remind my dear friend that we yet sin. There was more–but will that suffice? hehe.

  2. I replied as quickly as it was posted. But then when I put in my password, I got a ‘this page has expired’. Was there a video? Like the poem, did you write it? I know, not supposed to ask questions on this site. Duh! Larry

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