Sacred Spaces 444– Learning from other’s mistakes

25 November 2014

“I am certain that this year after the matric’s exams, some teen is going to be silly and too drunk (to make a wise decision), and drive or drive with someone drunk; and probably be involved in an accident. And God forbid, be killed.”

I know that is a heavy line to start with. But isn’t it true? Haven’t we seen and heard it most years around December after the matric finals? It’s a sad and horrible statistic!

Thing is, we as people don’t seem to learn from other’s mistakes. What’s with that? What is that scripture about a dog returning to its vomit?

Proverbs 26: 11 “As a dog returns to its vomit, so a fool repeats his folly.”

People say “experience is a good teacher” BUT it doesn’t mean it has to be OUR OWN experience.

How many drunken deaths will it take for others to realise?

Now, this is just one example. There are other things that we could learn from others instead of experiencing it ourselves. That’s thing with living in community and in this world. We watch and hear and learn from others. We should not live in ignorance or exclusion to what is going on around us…

Sometimes the best advice will come from visiting a grandparent for tea. They will tell from their life experience what didn’t work. Will we learn from their mistakes?

We are surrounded by teachers, will we learn from them; or will we BE STUBBORN and have to learn from our own mistakes…

Folly is an stupid thing.



“For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.” Romans 7:15


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