There will always be things in your life that you regret, both things you say and things you do. There are also those really bad times when karma reaches out and bites you in the rear-end. Those are lifelong lessons you never forget.
I was to be the speaker for one of the largest youth retreats in our area. Multiple churches were converging for a weekend of camping, spiritual growth and fun. When our group of 30 met at the church building to pack and leave, I gave them my regular speech that went something like this, “I’m not your mother on this trip. You are old enough to get your suitcase on the van and keep up with your stuff this weekend. And, let’s remember to act like we’re Christians. Now let’s load up and go.”
When we arrived, we had only a little time before my first lesson. Everything was going well until someone handed me a note. Someone from home had called and left a message that said, “One of the Childress group left a suitcase in the church parking lot.” This seemed like a common occurrence for our group. I stewed on that for a while before calling my kids over for speech number two, “I told you guys, I specifically told you that I was not your mother … I have no clue which one of you left your suitcase, but we will NOT be going back to get it. AND, you will just have to do without this weekend because I specifically told you to get your own stuff. Maybe someone will be kind enough to let you borrow some of their stuff for the weekend.”
I’m sure you’ve already figured this out, but that night when it came time to get ready for bed I spent about 5 minutes looking for my suitcase before it hit me … “Oh, no! That was my suitcase that got left.” Yep, I spent the weekend borrowing clothes, eating crow and reflecting on the bible verse, “Pride goes before destruction, and a proud attitude before a fall.”