Recently there was a huge misunderstanding within my church. A few people said somethings (myself included) about the leadership of the church. I sided with some people without getting the entire story. I wrote a post about the event while still in the heat of the moment, but the very next day was convicted by an unlikely person that maybe I needed to hear the other side of the story before taking any further action.
I met with the pastor of my church and heard the rest of the story. Needless to say, I did not leave my church after all. I apologized to my pastor, his wife, the leadership team, and many others that I hurt directly or indirectly.
Since then it has been suggested to me by a friend that I remove the offending post. I have thought on it for several days and am opting to leave it right where it is. It will serve as a physical reminder to me to always get the other side of the story. Besides, I am not perfect. Nobody is. I am a collection of all of my experiences . . . good ones, bad ones, stupid ones, and not-so-stupid ones. To remove that post would be to delete a small part of what has made me who I am. I can’t delete any other experience, so why would I delete that one poorly thought out post?
I have learned from the experience, and am working to apply its lesson to my life even now. That is what we do. We learn from everything.
Until next time . . .