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Cringing at the “Oops’ of Life”
“Oops, I did it again.” In the life of a mom, that’s not just a catchy tune that’s a mantra. Have you ever been afraid to admit a mistake? When you realized you made an error, did you rush to correct and cover?
This morning, dragging myself out of bed to the aroma of pre-programmed coffee, I discovered an unsettling scene. The coffee maker had leaked liquid gold all over my counter in the form of a 3-foot long puddle.
Did I snap a pic for Instagram? Of course not. I immediately berated myself for messing up (again) and grabbed towels to wipe away the damage.
But, I don’t like to admit when I mess up.
I grew up a young perfectionist.
A musician. An only child. A pastor’s kid.
Anyone of those three things can apply pressure to a perfectionist – on top of being a perfectionist.
Everything had to be “just-so” for me to be ok with the world.
Learning from the “Oops’ of Life”
God has a way of sending us just what we need in life, eh?
He gave me a husband that loves people, sees other’s needs, and changes plans on a dime.
That’ll do it. Especially that last part (gasp). Plan?
He gave me four kids. I only asked for three (I had that all planned out too), but God said,
“You know what, you need to learn a little bit more flexibility”.
And now, I’m a middle-aged perfectionist.
I still make mistakes every day. Mistakes in parenting, mistakes in wife-ing, mistakes in piano playing.
I am a flawed individual, and I have to admit, I struggle with not only mistakes but let’s just call it what it is-sin-on a daily basis.
I hate admitting my errors. But God has a sense of humor, and He wants me to have one too.
Sharing from the “Oops’ of Life”
What did I do about that giant coffee puddle in the middle of my counter? I wrote a blog post about it.
Talk about owning up to your mistakes!
We all make mistakes. The post I wrote is called, How admitting mistakes can make you a better mom.
I hope you’ll join me over at The Deliberate Mom where I’m guest posting today with a bit of wisdom on how to come to grips with those errors, make better choices, and learn to live in God’s rich grace!