Reading the Fine Print

Thursday, Oct. 16

“Do you know the difference between education and experience? Education is when you read the fine print; experience is what you get when you don’t.”—Pete Seeger, American folk singer (1919-2014). Evidently I’m not the only one that has a pattern of learning by experience, but I’m a prime example of it. Rarely do I read the fine print when installing some household gadget—until I make a fatal and irrevocable mess of things and spend more money to do it right. But I also compound the error by not learning from the experience. I’m 86 and I haven’t learned to read the fine print at the beginning rather than somewhere along the line when the damage is done. How simple is this? How dumb can I get? All this seems to be making a mountain out of a molehill—until you move it into the spiritual realm. How much do I check God’s Word for how to live—and act on it—instead of waiting for a crisis to arrive and then turn to God for help. If there is any comfort in this, remember that the twelve disciples were no different. How many times did Jesus rebuke them for things that had been clearly taught—not just once, but repeatedly. We owe God a huge amount of gratitude for His grace. He cares, He understands, He forgives, He keeps working on us. He never gives up on us. And He will make saints out of us yet. It would go faster if we read the fine print.

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