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  1. Paige says:

    Excellent. True story…… how utterly human!

  2. Michael says:

    Thanks, Paige.
    We’re never more vulnerable than when we think we’ve made it…

  3. AA says:

    Thanks for sharing, we all have circumstances that will push our buttons! Been there done that.

  4. Jean says:

    You may not be proud of your initial interaction, but the fact that you recognized your error almost immediately shows maturity. You’re further along than if you hadn’t thought of it until before bed tonight or never. Just because we can’t reach perfection in this life doesn’t mean God doesn’t change us.

  5. Michael says:


    Thank you.
    For me the application was that it’s no surprise that we sin….the difference is how we respond to our sin.
    That…and I’ve got a long way left to travel on the road to sanctification.

  6. covered says:

    Just excellent!

  7. Michael says:


    I was shocked and embarrassed…still am to a degree.
    We are getting better, but sometimes it’s hard to see.

  8. Michael says:

    Thank you, covered.
    Now you know why I don’t go out much… 🙂

  9. Babylon's Dread says:

    I hope you can appreciate my robust chuckle as I read this. Bravo! Oh and online it is…

  10. Michael says:


    Amazon is my friend… 🙂

  11. papiaslogia says:

    Ohhh… I smiled at this post because you obviously saw me in my last fender bender, and of course, it was the “other guys fault”.

    If my car had a fish decal, it would have pealed itself off the car and hopped into the nearest body of water.

  12. Babylon's Dread says:

    Perhaps we should all tell stories about OUR own embarrassing public displays… wait that would be a very personal application…

  13. Jim says:

    Really, really, really good TGIF!

    “Your repentance should be as well known as your sin”. Who said this?

    “I was relishing my victory when the Lord interrupted my touchdown dance”

    I do touchdown dances all the time. I’m convicted. Fortunately, my family, small children, and senior citizens are exempt, but I impose my will on others daily. I’m not a yeller, but I expect to get my way, and the people I interact with know it.

    Last night, the delivery driver couldn’t get in our condo gate to deliver anti-inflammatory minerals I take. I called the dispatcher and informed her that it’s not my fault her driver doesn’t know how to use a gate directory, and that he needs to turn around and bring me my stuff. She called me back to tell me that it would be delivered today, and I said that was unacceptable. Best she could do, and I replied, “this is really bad”. Ten minutes later, the guys at my gate. Touchdown.

    Similar situation with our condo manager this morning (I’m the condo assn president). Project wouldn’t completed for two weeks, and I said, “if this was your house, you would find a way to get this done in a day”. I arrive home to find an email telling me the project will be complete on Monday. Touchdown.

    I just got off of a call with my primary software vendor, who was informing me of a price increase. I told the rep that I was grandfathered under old pricing. he has to talk to his boss, and i said, “remind her that I have her home phone number”. ha ha ha, but I’ve already “won”. Touchdown.

    I have an appointment this afternoon with another condo vendor. Maybe I don’t have to win (on my take it or leave it terms) this time….

  14. Michael says:


    We must be related… 🙂
    One of the things I’ve been thinking about is that my conversation should be such that if I invited them to church afterwards they wouldn’t break out in hysterics…

  15. Steve Wright says:

    I would speak of being blessed for being persecuted for righteousness sake and warn of getting no blessing for being persecuted for being a jerk.
    Yes. And it can be a fine line to walk between the two that leaves us wholly dependent on the Lord’s direction – at some point we throw in with what we think the Lord wants us to do, knowing we have to answer to Him and not the critics.

    I would speak of not making messes for Jesus to have to send others to clean up and about how our repentance should be as well known as our sin.
    I can’t Amen this loud enough.

    Great TGIF – all the more since it was so personal a story.

    Thank you.

  16. Michael says:

    Thank you, Steve.
    The one thing that has been impressed on me a lot recently is that someone else does have to answer for the messes we make unless we own them ourselves.
    It’s painful as hell…but it spares a lot of pain for others.

  17. fyi says:

    Michael, haven’t we all been right there?! Brilliant piece today. Thanks for being transparent.

  18. Michael says:

    Thank you, fyi.
    I have to go get the oil changed and I’m taking a copy of this with me just in case… 🙂

  19. Neo says:

    This is pure gold

  20. Michael says:


    Thank you, my friend.

  21. Michael says:

    I’m out for a while…

  22. All of this spirituality stuff is freekin awesome until we have to deal with other freekin people!

    Great article, Michael.
    Trey loves you.

    …we do to, especially for being a transparent peer!

  23. JTK says:

    I’ve never told more of my embarrassing stories from my past than I do now.

    TGIF, Michael.

  24. London says:

    Great story Michael

  25. Shaun Sells says:

    This TGIF resonates with so many of us, because we can see ourselves in the story. Sure the details may be different for each of us, but we have all been there.

  26. Jean says:

    I do wonder sometimes whether the proliferation of the online “lifestyle” in all its dimensions is having a negative impact on flesh and blood interaction in all its dimensions.

  27. Donner says:


    Thank you for leading by example, brother. This one hit me right between the eyes.


  28. erunner says:

    Michael, I smiled as I read your article. It’s good to know we aren’t alone in our non perfection! 🙂

  29. Jonathan says:

    Mike all I can say is I always appreciate your honesty! Denial always gets us in trouble and being transparent allows all of us to remove our masks and allow God to really heal. Thank you brother

  30. Dude says:

    I can relate…..manure mouth for me has been a life long struggle.

  31. brian says:

    Sometimes Michael you do what you can with what you have. Grace fills in the blanks. The best I can do.

  32. Nonnie says: