Inspiring Generosity


Mistakes Will Be Made

                                                                    Yes...mistakes happen.

About nine days ago, it was the start of…what was it again? Oh yes, Holy Week. You might remember it. Christendom’s most revered time of reflection. I was feeling all the feels and wrote about it in last week’s post, The Main Event is Here.
But then I went and did something. When I was formatting the blog post, I had to write the title in a separate location. As soon as I hit “send” I realized that I had left out a crucial letter that featured prominently in the email subject line. Oops.
Instead of “The Main Event is Here,” I mistakenly dropped the “i” and now, ladies and gentleman, the subject line read:

“The Man Event is Here.”

The Man Event? Oh Lord.
My face turned red. I may have said a few choice swear words and immediately washed my mouth out with soap. Yes, I was mortified.
Then a few of you chimed in. Here’s a flavor:
Disappointed it isn’t really a man event.
Well, our churches have been struggling in the area of men’s ministry…
Man, OH Man!
There are deep, theological double-entendres in there…
Could mean Jesus, God as Man, etc.…may be a great error!
(And, much appreciation to those of you who actually wrote to me about the content of the piece. Bless you.)
So…mistakes will be made. At least by me. Though I’m sure never, ever by you, amirite?
You would never:
Send an unkind email to the wrong person.
Spell someone’s name incorrectly
Forget to thank someone who gave you an unexpected gift.
Neglect to take the offering.
Inadvertently drop a crucial letter in a word in an important document.
In the off chance that you might have done something like this, take a read of Your Foolproof Guide to Moving on After You Messed Up at Work. It’ll make you feel better. I am living evidence.
This is the time of renewal and rebirth. Because we are all human, when you make a mistake, take some time to forgive yourself. Give yourself grace. God loves you.
In the immortal, hopeful words gloriously shouted one Easter morning by a clergy person I may or may not know:
“Go forth and be Easter Peepers!”

Cesie Delve Scheuermann (pronounced “CC Delv Sherman,” yes, really) is a consultant in stewardship, development, and grant writing. For 25 years, while working as a volunteer and part-time consultant, she has helped raise over three million dollars for numerous non-profit organizations. She’s inspired by the Advent Harmony Choir from Nairobi University version of He Arose. You can reach Cesie at inspiringgenerosity@gmail.com or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/inspiringgenerosity or at CesieScheuermann.com.
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Cesie Delve Scheuermann
Cesie Delve Scheuermann is consultant in grant writing and stewardship/development working with the Conference. From 2008-12 she was the Conference Lay Leader for the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference.