Before you read any further, please stop and read the notice on the left. Then come back. I'll wait . . .
. . . So apart from thinking I'm promoting my website, which I'm not, but now you come to mention it . . .
There is a reason I asked you to read that advert. Some of you will have spotted the reason.
A few days ago, a friend of mine wrote and said he'd been reading my weekly devotion and he'd noticed a somewhat unique spelling of the word encourgement. Ahh! You spotted it this time! He said he'd noticed it before on my previous posts too.
Well, there is a simple explanation. This advert appears down the sidebar of my "Closer Walk" which goes out automatically every week to those who sign up for it. And guess what? I use the same template for every post. Whereas the devotion is always fresh, the panel down the side is usually the same. So what seems like a small matter, after all it's only a missing 'a', has been duplicated over 50 times to date. What a bind. I not only had to open 50 devotions to add the 'a' to the side bar, I also had to correct it in the plain text version. 1 typo; 100 corrections. How I wish I'd noticed that little slip after the first or even the second devotion.
This got me thinking. How often do I let something small slip through my daily routine, and then I let it happen again? In no time it has become a habit. Maybe I skimp on my daily Quiet Time for a day. Then another day slips by. Before I know it, I have got into a habit of cutting the time short. Perhaps it's a book that I really didn't want to read, but got absorbed in the story, and before long I'd wasted precious time reading something that did nothing for me. Then there's the piece of chocolate popped in while watching TV. It's not the one piece that's the problem, it's the rest of the slab that seems to keep it company.
Surely that's what Paul was talking about when he said "I decide to do good, but I don't really do it." If only I'd done a really thorough check of my original template I wouldn't now be wading through 50 devotions!
John Wooden, the famous basketball player and coach said, "If you don't have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?" My challenge for you this week is simple. Do it right the first time, and don't allow the little typos to creep in unchallenged. Little typos grow into big hassles!
Oh, and if you'd like to sign up for these weekly devotions, hopefully with no other typos for you to spot, simply follow this link.
SHIRLEY CORDER lives on the coast in South Africa with her husband, Rob. Her book, Strength Renewed: Meditations for your Journey through Breast Cancer contains 90 meditations based on her time in the cancer valley and can be obtained from bookstores or online stores.