We’re All Amateurs

Thought for the Week

Humans are, almost by definition, amateurs. Think about it: Just when you start to get a handle on being a toddler, you become a kid. And just when you’re halfway proficient at being a kid, you turn into a teenager. And then, totally unprepared, you turn into an adult, and eventually (God save us) a parent! Face it. We’re behind the curve from start to finish.

That’s why we have to forgive ourselves — and each other — over and over again. Because none of us really knows what we’re doing. None of us.

But there is Someone who does, someone who has literally had forever to figure this whole being human thing out. So here’s a thought: What if we were to stop pretending we knew what we were doing, admit we were amateurs, and ask our Creator to be our Coach? After all, it’s not like he hasn’t offered.

“Oh, you who kill the prophets and stone the ones I send to you…how often I have longed to gather you as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing!” ~Matthew 23:37

“Just as a father has compassion on his children, so our Creator has compassion on those who put their trust in him. For God alone understands how we are made.”

~Psalm 103:13-14

About mitchteemley

Writer, Filmmaker, Humorist, Thinker-about-stuffer
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36 Responses to We’re All Amateurs

  1. lynn__ says:

    Good advice, Mitch for parenting, marriage, community, life itself!

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  2. The Hinoeuma says:

    Excellent suggestion! Jack of some trades, master of nothing…

    Liked by 3 people

  3. This came at a very good time for me, Mitch. In my exuberance I made an impulsive (amateur)decision yesterday and am feeling the fall out. No worries, only my pride is hurt. Great thoughts, here! Thank you, Pastor Mitch. (No joke)😊

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  4. bwcarey says:

    behind the curve, great story, be like the prophets then, and become aware of the changes and why things happen to remind us, thanks Mitch

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  5. Jack Gator says:

    His mighty arm and outstreached hand will rescue us from oursleves if we do not doubt He can and will do these things. It’s pretty good. Jack Gator

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  6. The worst is when you think you’ve done a pretty good job raising your 5 kids and then they tell you that none of what you remember ever happened.

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  7. True what you said, Mitch…. we may not know what we are doing sometimes but He promises that He is with us and things will go well. For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11

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  8. #hood says:

    matthew 12:48 great is thy lord
    psalm 103:11 hide the word in your heart
    psalm 103:16 god likes you he gave his son
    you missed psalm 103:11


  9. pkadams says:

    I often think of that verse when observing the hens with the chicks . If God is really like a mother hen, he’s very protective.

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  10. Pam Webb says:

    Any chance no kids were dropped in the making of this post?

    Liked by 2 people

  11. Excellent point – we ARE all amateurs. Thanks for this inspiring and encouraging post.

    Liked by 1 person

  12. So, so true. And the more you think you know, the less you know. Thanks, Mitch.

    Liked by 2 people

  13. Love this thought for the week/weak humans. Oh how weekly weak we are.🤣

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  14. #hood says:

    you double tag the colon & left off verse 11


  15. I’m so glad y’all are as lost as me…

    Liked by 1 person

  16. Vortex says:

    So true 😌😌😌

    Liked by 1 person

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