Getting Ahead: Others’ Mistakes

By John G. Pfeifer - Religion Columnist

It is so easy to see the mistakes that are made by others. Even in proof reading there are many mistakes that the author may not find but someone else will see them almost instantly. I had an experience recently right here in our office just like that. We read over a brochure countless times looking for mistakes and saw none. Someone else read over it once and found a misspelled word.

The sad truth is that we see the mistakes others make but have a hard time seeing our own. Usually when people point out our mistakes, it offends us. Maybe you, like me, grew up hearing: “Those who live in glass houses should not through stones”, or “That sure is painting the kettle black.”

The problem is there are no perfect people! I have met people that thought they were, but after talking to their wife, I found they were not.

There are two ways to learn. One is by experience and the other is by instruction. It is usually easier to learn by instruction but if we get offended when someone points out our mistakes, the only thing left is the old school of hard knocks and speaking from experience that can be painful.

Do you suppose we might have a deeper problem that hinders us from receiving instruction from others? Could it be that we cannot get past the charter flaws of those trying to help us?

These and other life questions will be addressed Sunday morning as “The Gathering Place Family” meets in the Washington High School Gymnasium at 10 a.m. for our Pre-Service Connection where we enjoy coffee, juice and donuts. Our Worship Service and Children’s Church then begins at 10:30. Come at 7 p.m. and be part of our Wednesday night Bible Study and Children’s Ministry on the third floor above Trends at 120 West Court Street.

By John G. Pfeifer

Religion Columnist