An Imperfect Offering

Chronic Joy Ministry

DHSunflowersandBookMy heart lurched and thudded at my feet. It was hard to breathe. I started to sweat.

There were mistakes. More mistakes. Seven mistakes and I hadn’t even read it all the way through yet. How was that even possible? I’d read and read and reread. I’d laid a ruler along the margins. I’d painstakingly sorted through code – character-by-mind-numbing character. So. Many. Times. I’d read front to back and back to front. Every single word. Slowly. Out loud. More than once. Dozens of times. I wanted to cry. I had worked so hard and still there were mistakes. Not a few.


There were seven mistakes in my beautiful book. I was holding proof copy number two in my hands and there were mistakes marring the pages. Seven things I’d missed.

Seriously, Lord! How are there still so many mistakes? I used to be a copy editor…

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  1. Hi, Cindee! I read your post, and I just had to laugh!!! Following my departure from CTK, I threw myself into completing my Doctoral studies at Luther Seminary. That meant I had a ton of research to do, a half-dozen projects to complete, and a thesis to write…..240 pages of dialog, graphs, charts, etc. Bear in mind that this was in the days before ‘spell check’, ‘grammar check’, and ‘chart maker software’. My proudest possession ever, EVER, is a a framed plaque that contains FOUR over-night mail receipts from the U. S. Post Office. That’s how many times my thesis got kicked out!! All of this in spite of the 15 minute conversation I had with my high school guidance counselor who told me I was not college material. I will find Peter O’Toole (Not the actor) in the Kingdom. We will talk!!! I enjoyed the ‘7’ dialog!! I look forward to digging into it! Blessings, Pr. Bill


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