I am not very agile when it comes to finances. Do not get me wrong, I know how to spend money; it is just that I do not know how to save money. Somewhere I lost my little piggy bank.
The other night the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage and I enjoyed a quiet evening together drinking coffee and talking about this and that, more about that than this.
Then we started to play her favorite game: Do You Remember?
If statistics are correct, she remembers more than I do.
When she poses a Do You Remember question, I can never remember. Several times, I had some remembrance but never enough to qualify as an answer.
When I pose a Do You Remember question, she remembers it to the very last detail. Details that I do not remember.
I have concluded and do not let this get around, but I think her remembering things is a complete hoax. I think she is making up things that she says she remembers just to trick me. My problem is, I cannot prove it.
Her one trick question is, “Do you remember when we first met?”
I have yet to get this question right. Every time she asked, it is always a different answer. If I challenge the answer, I look bad. Of course, I look bad as it is with questions like this.
When we ran out of energy for this game, we just sat there and watched a little TV.
When the next segment of commercials came, she said something rather curious.
"If we had a nickel," she said, looking at me, "for every mistake you made, we would be millionaires."
Then she continued, “Do you remember the first mistake you ever made?”
I was tempted to say that my first mistake was getting involved in silly games like this, but I value my life too much.
We both laughed and went back to watching TV.
I just could not get away from that question. If I really had a nickel for every mistake I made I am sure I would be a wealthy man.
Then there is the question as to your definition of a mistake. I am sure my definition would be quite different from my wife’s. Everybody has their own definition of these things.
Even thinking about that a little bit, I began remembering some mistakes that cost me money. Things I thought would turn out great only turned out dead in the water.
Perhaps the biggest mistake anybody could make is believing that they do not make mistakes. Sometimes it takes a married person to realize what mistakes really are. And if you think you do not make a mistake, then that is a big mistake, and you will pay dearly for that.
If she had asked me what my first good choice was, I would have told her it was her. My first mistake would have been, not meeting her at all.
I remembered a very important verse of Scripture. “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" (1 John 1:8-9).
It is not my mistakes but how I deal with them that makes all the difference in the world.
[Dr. James L. Snyder is pastor of the Family of God Fellowship, Ocala, FL 34472. He lives with the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage in Silver Springs Shores. Call him at 352-216-3025 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. The church web site is www.whatafellowship.com.]