Did you notice the error in the blog headline?

I didn’t.  This salutation went out on one of my newsletters. Proofreader 5-page-001

I’ve been proofreading a lot of materials lately and am amazed how much I miss, even after I go through them several times.

One of my more humorous episodes was proofreading this newsletter that began “Hi, fiends.”  I left out the R.   Spellcheck didn’t catch this because “fiend” is a word, even if it didn’t fit the context – unless I was writing to Monsters, Inc. or trying to comment on the moral character of the recipients.   NOT.  And the co-workers who checked my work before I sent it out didn’t catch the error either.

This incident highlighted the danger of relying on humans and man-made resources.  We are not perfect and all make mistakes.  Some are much more serious than others.  Although embarrassing, this salutation was not life-threatening; others are.

Sometimes my actions hurt people:  an unkind word, losing patience, ignoring a need.  Often they are inadvertent.

Sometimes my actions hurt myself.

As much as I guard against temptations, all my fail-safe systems ultimately . . . fail.  Learning the triggers to my temptations helps me to avoid them, but sometimes they pop-up despite my best efforts.

Even more dangerous are the character flaws I am not even aware of.

That’s why I appreciate the approach taken by the Psalmist:

“Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.  See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”    Psalm 139:23,24.

God is the Ultimate Proof-Reader.

He is also the Ultimate Protector.

“Do not withhold your mercy from me, Lord; may your love and faithfulness always protect me.”  Psalm 40:11

With confidence, I can turn control of my life over to Him.  He will show me those areas that need work, can “lift me out of the slimy pit” and “set my feet on a rock.”   Psalm 40:2

Search me, O God, and find my faults.  Guard my heart against temptations.  Make me the kind of person You want me to be.  Amen.

P.S. I originally thought I posted this in August, but found it in my pending basket.  Oh well.

One thought on “Hi, Fiend!

  1. Love this! So glad I found it–was out of town for awhile and am so far behind on emails that I finally made it to here. Also glad I didn’t read it before posting mine on the same verse. However, I thought I’d lose it entirely when I read the post title. I don’t search myself so well, either. And to think that even our best doesn’t make it better? Thanks for the great picture. I’d have loved to have seen the faces of those you sent this to!

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