1 August 2014 - clay

Mistakes are made, or, why the past is prologue

Jeremiah_1

This last week, if anyone tried to access this site, they were met with a very friendly GoDaddy page which stated that claywginn.com was either being renewed or deleted. I didn’t find this out until a day or so ago, and then waited patiently while my renewal worked it’s way back through the system. Thus, on Thursday this week my site was finally back online.

What happened? I totally forgot that my domain renewal was up. I received an email about a month ago saying that it was coming due, but like most emails that I receive, I dutifully ignored it instead of ponying up the $19 to renew for another year.11. Yes, I renew year to year. I realize that it’s cheaper to do multi-year renewals and that the odds of me forgetting next year are pretty good, but I like to take it on a year-to-year basis. Unfortunately, GoDaddy kept their promise to shut me down after the renewal came up.

In the grand scheme of things, it’s not that big of a deal. It’s just a website that a privileged few read.22. Yes, you are the privileged few. Aren’t you lucky? In the present moment, it’s another symptom of what my life has recently become. I’m so focused on a few small things that all the other details are thrown out the window and forgotten until it’s too late and I have to pay the consequences for it. I could have just let the domain expire and shut the site down forever, but I’ve had claywginn.com for 14 years now. I don’t think anyone else would have use for the name, and it’s only $20 per year, so what’s the big deal.

It was a mistake, but I can learn from it. I’ve already started to consolidate all the domains I own[reg]3. About 10 of them. I don’t use them all yet.[/ref] so that they all expire at the same time. Either I’ll remember to do it or I’ll forget again and all of them will expire.

 11 I overthrew some of you, as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah, and you were like a brand snatched from the fire; yet you did not return to me, says the Lord. 12 Therefore thus I will do to you, O Israel; because I will do this to you, prepare to meet your God, O Israel!

Amos 4:11-12

Too often in life we can look back at the mistakes that we made and either become paralyzed by them or give in to them and continue in the error of our ways. I just finished reading Amos and one of the main themes is the failure of Israel to turn back to God. The Lord offered Israel every opportunity to repent and return to His ways but they refused. They had made mistakes in allowing idols to spring up throughout the land, and a string of rulers choosing to chase those idols instead of the God who had brought them out of Egypt so many years prior.

Were the people of Israel paralyzed by fear? Probably, but not the fear of God they should have had. They may have feared what their neighbors might think when they stopped worshiping idols and began to return to their roots. They may have feared the repercussions in the community if others found out about their change of heart. They may have feared that change was simply too difficult to do, instead choosing to sit in the rut of their lives and wait it out.

The mistakes we’ve made shape who we are today. None of us are perfect. Each of us have made some monumental bloopers in our lives, but the real test of our character is what happens next. When we fail again, do we give up and just wait out whatever is going to happen? Or do we embrace the change we need to make in our lives and move forward, making the past simply a prologue to what is to come?

Mistakes happen. Failure abounds. Success is not in avoiding failure but in correcting the mistake and starting again. Sanctification lies in the continuous effort, not in the resigned failure. Live, learn, and move on to the next task.

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1. 1. Yes, I renew year to year. I realize that it’s cheaper to do multi-year renewals and that the odds of me forgetting next year are pretty good, but I like to take it on a year-to-year basis.
2. 2. Yes, you are the privileged few. Aren’t you lucky?

Amos / Life

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