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Tolerating Mistakes

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A building contractor was being paid by the week for a job that was likely to stretch over several months. He approached the owner of the property and held up the check he'd been given. "This is two hundred dollars less than we agreed on," he said.

"I know," the owner said, "But last week I overpaid you two hundred dollars, and you never complained."

The contractor said, "Well, I don't mind an occasional mistake. But when it gets to be a habit, I feel I have to call it to your attention."

Before chuckling too much, do you recall the last time a cashier charged you too little for an item? Were you as quick to point it out to him or her as you were when you were overcharged? Isn't it funny how we are willing at times to tolerate mistakes by others as long as we benefit rather than suffer?

That's why our standard of right and wrong must be determined by God's word and not by our own feelings. As impartial as we may try to be, we are too easily swayed by that little voice inside that says, "If it doesn't hurt me, then it must be OK."

"'For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,' says the LORD. 'For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.'" (Isaiah 55:8-9)

Have a great day!

Alan Smith

Helen Street Church of Christ

Fayetteville, North Carolina

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