The day of the Bee arrived, and although I do not remember some of the details of that day, I do remember one word and the lesson I have learned from it.
After several rounds of spelling words, the pronouncer told me,
"Please spell the word 'examine.'"
I knew this word and there shouldn't be a problem with spelling it. And so I began to spell,
"Examine. A." Horror and disappointment tingled up my spine. Taking a deep breath, as my throat grew tight and my vision became blurred, I continued bravely on.
"E-X-A-M-I-N-E. Examine." I started down the steps almost before I heard the bell ding and I did not really pay attention to the correct spelling because I knew the mistake I had made. As I continued down the steps off the stage one of the judges stopped me, saying,
"Paisley, thank you for finishing the word. I appreciate what you did."
I, who thought I was a terrific speller and had just crushed my pride by spelling a word wrong, was being commended for spelling the word even after a mistake!
As I have pondered this event, I saw a lesson that anyone can benefit from. It is not "Don't be prideful," although that definitely is certainly a very good lesson to learn. The lesson that I want to share is that it is better to continue following The Lord, even if you do mess up and are not wholly faithful to Him. He still loves you and will always be faithful to you, no matter how great your sin, for "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." (1 John 1:9 ESV) Be encouraged, for the Lord God is there whenever you need Him and He will give you strength.