Admit Your Mistakes (Part 7 of 9)

by Steve Chapman

I know this is the second time the word "admit" appears in this acrostic, but as far as men are concerned, it’s a verb that can never be overused. This is especially true when it comes to dealing with the fact that it’s not if we are going to mess up, it’s when.

I love the story about the husband who was looking in his closet one day and saw a cigar box on the shelf he had not noticed before. He pulled it down, opened it up, and was puzzled to find that inside were six eggs and $1500 in cash. He took it to his wife, and asked, "Honey, what is this?"She responded with a startled, "Oh! You found it." She then went ahead and offered an explanation. "Well, since we married 23 years ago, each time you made a mistake I put an egg in that box." He thought to himself, Wow! 23 years of marriage and only six mistakes. Man! Am I doing good or what?

As he silently gloated about his fine history, he was curious to know more about the contents of the box. "Well, what about all this cash?"She hesitantly answered, "Every time I got a dozen eggs I sold them…for 50 cents."Needless to say, that fellow would have done well to have never found the box. But, in truth, his dilemma is common to most of us guys. I want my son to know that we all mess up at one time or another. The important thing is that we are willing to admit it when we do.

"Confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed." While this admonition in James 5:16 is directed to the followers of Christ every-where, it certainly applies to husbands and wives who care about the spiritual health of their marriages. And the hus-band should be the first to exemplify this attitude. Without it, a root of bitterness could spring up and cause trouble.  

Part 1: Then Comes M.A.R.R.I.A.G.E.
Part 2: M = Maximize Her Needs, Minimize Her Faults
Part 3: A = Admit Your Need for Her
Part 4: R = Rule Over Your Tongue
Part 5: R = Resist the Tendency to Control Her
Part 6: I = Invest in Her Natural Gifts and Talents
Part 7: A = Admit Your Mistakes
Part 8: G = Go Often in Prayer With Her
Part 9: E = Engage the Gears of Sex in the Right Order












Taken from 10 Things I Want My Son to Know: Getting Him Ready for Life by Steve Chapman. Copyright © 2002 by Steve Chapman. Used by permission of Harvest House Publishers. All rights reserved.