“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17
My wife was 6 months pregnant and, at the time, we lived across the street from a Publix grocery store. Having a pregnant wife and living across the street from a grocery store is definitely not the most ideal situation. We were relaxing one night when my wife looks at me and says “I could sure go for a bowl of ice cream.” Before she could finish “I could sure go for…” I was up putting my keys in my pocket and heading out the door towards Publix.
I got home and I fixed us each a bowl of ice cream. We sat talking about our future and how we would soon be responsible for the life of a child. The next morning I walked to the fridge to get the milk to fix a bowl of Cheerios when I noticed that the freezer door was propped open. I looked in the freezer and everything was decently frozen, but the ice cream was a complete loss. It was about the same consistency that you would expect a bowl of ice cream to have that sat at room temperature for several hours.
I began to think about how we wasted all of that money on toppings and the ice cream itself. I will admit that, although I hid it pretty well, I was a tad upset with myself for not taking the 2 seconds to check and make sure the door was closed. I felt like a complete bozo. It was a silly mistake that I could have prevented if I would have just shut the door.
…and then it happen…
My wife walks into the kitchen and sees me cleaning up the mess and she says, ” Oh man! I must have forgotten to close the freezer when I got a drink last night.”
In the grand scheme of things it really wasn’t that big of a deal. Even with losing the entire tub of ice cream we still spent less than if we would have went to a fancy ice cream parole near us. So many times in life we beat ourselves up over things that don’t matter. Things that down the line are going to be nothing but after thoughts. Maybe you didn’t get the promotion. Maybe you were going too fast down the highway. Maybe you wished you would have handled a situation differently. We all have been there. It is so easy to convince ourselves that no one else has been there or experienced feelings or emotions that we are feeling, but they have.
We all have stories of where we messed up and done something silly…it is what we learn from these silly mistakes that counts.
Like the saying goes…”there’s no use in crying over melted ice creme”….or something like that.