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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Oops (01/14/10)

TITLE: I Slid Under The Car
By Jean Beier


Mistakes happen all the time. I know this, but still each time I feel like a failure, and I think I am the only one to do such a thing.

Sometimes it is just a minor oops, and other times it is an irreversible blunder, causing much pain and destruction.

How I deal with it becomes another oops or major blunder. Being a Christian, I know how Jesus would have acted, had He ever experienced doing the right thing at the wrong time or the wrong thing at the right time. But usually I just plunge right ahead, not thinking, and not asking Him how I should handle the situation.

Most my blunders have to do with my mouth, saying the wrong thing, causing embarrassment and hurt for myself, or the person on the receiving end. The queen of all blunders is when I over-react. This always makes me either say the right thing in the wrong way, or the wrong thing all too clear. I have also been on the receiving end of such a major oops, and it caused hurt that took a very long time to forgive and forget.

Of course, I also make the funny oops that everyone else makes. Like when I told my friend, “I like your hair orange”, when in fact she colored it to be red and saw it as red. And when I asked another friend, “When is your baby due?” and she embarrassingly had to say, “I’m not pregnant, I’m fat.” Oops! Or the day as I was leaving church I asked, as I was turning to speak to my sister, “Is my hat on straight?” only to find she had disappeared and I was asking a total stranger (man). At least he did say that the hat was straight.

And let’s not forget the time when I went to get into the car my date was picking me up in, and I slipped on the ice and slid right under it. My date laughed and said, “That is the first time I had my date fall for me on the first date.” Oops, Oops, Oops!

Then I have those oops that we all experience every day of our lives. Mistakes in dropping dishes as I clean them or put them away, breaking them in a million pieces. Or hiding the vault key where I know no one will find it. I hide it so well, that even I cannot find it, or begin to remember where I hid it.

So, I keep making Oops and blunders. I laugh and I cry, and life marches on. With each mistake and blunder, I learn and I grow.

Today I reached for my Bible and prayed over the Word. I asked God to show me the way to grow and to limit my mistakes. I asked Him to slow me down, so that I can think before I speak, and pray before I react.

Here is some of what He revealed to me. Think good thoughts and that is what will come out of your mouth. Be quick to forgive and slow to anger. Speak softly. Be joyful and in all things give thanks. In times of trouble, call on Him. Always pray. Fear not. Be patient and calm quarrels. Be self controlled. Strive to live in peace. Be calm and quiet. Do not have concern for problems too awesome or great. Do not be offended. And most of all love, love, and love some more.

My own little bit of advice is to laugh. Be careful not to laugh at others, but always laugh with them. Learn to laugh at yourself and the situation. Just remember that it is the enemy playing his little jokes on us, and that God is the one in control. Relying on God will mean we will always win the game.

I don’t like to lecture, I would rather write something totally funny, but…

Oops! I just wrote you a lecture. I pray that it has blessed you.

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Helen Dowd01/21/10
Great lessons here....Good for you...Keep writing...Helen
Amanda Brogan01/21/10
Great examples of various "oops" situations. I think we can all relate to feeling like a failure at every mistake.
Your experience of sliding under the car really made me laugh! If that had been me, I think I would have laughed at myself right along with my date! :)
I like how you summed it up with what the Lord has taught you on how to handle mistakes, and the final sentence is perfect. ;)
Amanda Brogan01/21/10
Oops! I guess the final SENTENCES are perfect. *Blushing!* ;)
Verna Mull 01/21/10
Very well done! I think we all have major problems with our mouths! I especially enjoyed the way you put this piece together, and the ending was great!
Carol Cook01/21/10
I can really identify with your story. I'm always praying, "Lord protect me from my stupidity!" Good story.
Ruth Brown01/21/10
Very well done,so glad God's Grace covers every oops.
Janice Fitzpatrick01/22/10
Aw, I love this. Cutely written and a piece that everyone can identify with simply because we are all human and all come short of the glory of God and make "oops" every day. I agree with one of the comments, the last sentence was perfect.:0) Again well done.:0) God bless your writing-I enjoyed this one.
Debbie Roome 01/24/10
The title caught my attention! Well written and amusing with a good message.
stanley Bednarz01/24/10
I loved the humor and felt the integrity of your writing
I look forward to hearing more of your voice.
Jan Ackerson 01/25/10
Great title! I enjoyed this very much--nice tone throughout.
Michelle Knoll 01/25/10
Great job! I could relate to all the situations you mentioned, especially the one about your hat. I've had that happen to me before. Loved the story!