Light Notes: No malarkey! There are mistakes I never want to make

Lucy Luginbill, Tri-City Herald on

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In a year's time with all forgiven and forgotten (and the top of the garage door repaired) this heretofore loving couple decided to carry the Christmas tree home on top of their car again. Quite unexpectedly, destroying their garage door has become a family tradition.

You can imagine after hearing their tale of woe, Bill and I have decided it would be in the best interest of our marriage to find a way to carry our bikes anywhere but on top of our vehicle. After all, why should we make the same mistake? We've already learned from theirs. Twice.

Thanks to Jay and Sue's candid sworn testimony, we've avoided a potential problem. We bought a fake tree and quit riding our bikes.

But joking aside (now sitting next to the Maalox), on bigger life issues I think there's always the possibility of doing stupid things. Take for instance the television, newspapers and social media examples of individuals who haven't made wise choices, and they've reaped huge difficulties as a result. Some with permanent consequences gone viral, of course.

That's why I think it's a good idea to "listen" to God's Word where there are plenty of on-the-record stories about people who made some whopping mistakes. Like Jonah who didn't follow God's directions, deciding instead to take his own path and then ends up with a "whale" of a problem. Or Adam and Eve who disobeyed the rules to taste the forbidden, then found their paradise lost. And what about King David who let lustful thoughts lead to a deadly decision, one that nearly ruined his relationship with God.

In each case, it was about making an unwise choice.

I don't know about you, but I think it would be a smart plan to learn from their mistakes, and never have a moment of forgetfulness. It could save me, and you, from a heap of trouble.


And that's no malarkey.

(Lucy Luginbill is a career television producer-host and the Spiritual Life editor for the Tri-City Herald. In her column, she reflects on the meaning of her name, "Light Bringer." If you have a story idea for Light Notes, contact her at

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