My dad used to be an optometrist. I would visit him at work as he made glasses for folks. While I was there, he would even make me do the math to figure out measurements for frames and lenses- showing me the value of an education. Smart.
About six years ago, I started getting headaches every day. I concluded that the headaches were due to the stress of my job, and the more I hated my job, the worse my headaches would be. Makes sense, right?
Last week, after a friend and co-worker of mine made fun of me for reading online articles from five feet away, I was persuaded to get an eye exam.
I was prescribed reading glasses. I no longer get headaches. For six years, I should have known better. Stupid.
I do a lot dumber things all the time. Embarrassing things. Shameful things. Things that I have trouble confessing to my closest friends. I know how smart I like to think I am and how I like to advertise that image to everyone else (glasses help by the way), but really I know exactly how stupid I can be.
This is why I’m so glad Jesus called Peter to be his disciple. The guy really just didn’t get it a lot of the time. I hate the phrase “Diarrhea of the mouth” because “diarrhea” and “mouth” should not be together. “Throw up of the mouth,” while describing an activity one has little to no control over, makes things even more unclear. So I guess that’s what Peter has sometimes: Mouth diarrhea. He can’t help saying dumb things without a filter.
So because Peter was still so very loved by Jesus I am encouraged. I will do spectacularly stupid and shameful things, but I am forgiven and loved.
What are some stupid things you’ve done when it is clear you should have known better?