It happens every day. A twist of the tongue. A mispoken word. A misunderstood or miscommunicted thought. Misspellings, slip ups, unintentional intentions, the list goes on and on and on.
We are PERFECTLY FLAWED! I am perfectly flawed. There, I said it. I messed up. I made a mistake (actually many) but this week one keeps following me like my shadow, always there, always present when I stand in the light. Try as we may, they are and will be there, a part of life.
I am a self-published author. I have a wonderful team of editors and proof-readers and still I have a mistake in my first book in print. And it’s okay. Monday it wasn’t ok with me! NOT AT ALL! I am known as one of those Grammar Nazis, and I am proud of it. This is me in 40 years:
“Granny the Grammar Nazi” Hopefully I won’t be arrested for vandalism for correcting graffiti or signs but they do seem to jump out at me, almost daily!
I was working on my second novel this week and had to refer back to Book 1 in the series (THE PRINTED PAPER BOOK) and there it was. A MISTAKE! IN BLACK AND WHITE that I had written, missed, re-read a hundred times. I completely freaked out. I almost snapped and gave up on Book 2. One little mistake. One little mess up.
My friend who has also written books reminded me that even she had a typo in her book. Hubby reminded me that professionally edited books have typos. So why shouldn’t mine?
So after listening to reason and taking a much needed breath, I was able to re-submit my corrected files for my e-book (yes it had the same typo) and the paper book. Thank God for print on demand companies! Only the people who previously ordered my book before Monday will have the dreaded typo, and all of those purchasing (including the e-book) after Monday will be typo free!
Unless…..there’s another one I missed!!!! Oh I hope not!
But honestly, who am I to think that I can or ever will be perfect? Thank God I am loved regardless of my flaws, imperfections, and mistakes! Who am I to think I HAVE to do it all right,all the time? What drives me to be obsessed with being perfect in certain areas of life?
FEAR. What will they think? How will this affect things? etc….You probably very well know the “fear-talk” that runs through our minds.
So, lesson learned…..I don’t and I won’t do everything right all the time! Yet I am loved, as we all are.
On this I stand, in life today and life eternal:
1 John 4:17-18
God is love. When we take up permanent residence in a life of love, we live in God and God lives in us. This way, love has the run of the house, becomes at home and mature in us, so that we’re free of worry on Judgment Day—our standing in the world is identical with Christ’s. There is no room in love for fear. Well-formed love banishes fear. Since fear is crippling, a fearful life—fear of death, fear of judgment—is one not yet fully formed in love.
Oh, and if you want to order my books (hopefully without typos) here’s the link to my page on Amazon: