Is there condemnation to those who err?

By Timothy J. O'Malley
Managing Editor

There is a common proverb, “There’s nothing new under the sun.” Its origin is from Ecclesiastes 1:9 and reads like this: “What has been will be again, / what has been done will be done again; / there is nothing new under the sun.” When King Solomon shared this proverb he was emphasizing the circle of life of mankind on earth and the emptiness of living only for the “rat race.”
Life on earth can be just that, a rat race. Many of us strive to achieve certain goals, behave in a particular manner or even look a certain way. These pressures or expectations challenge us to do our very best.
However, these pressures of doing our best come with certain expectations from other people, not all of whom encourage, but rather point out the flaws in our character or work.
Since my arrival in Mexia I have had some people give praise to the work I have been doing with the newspaper. Many of them were once in the newspaper business and understand the obstacles we face each and every day. Others, who have no idea of the demands, expectations and deadlines, have been more than happy to ridicule the work we do here. Some complaints say there is nothing to read in the paper. Others have complained that their name was in the paper and they did not appreciate our quoting them. We even get some criticism about the grammar and spelling mistakes we make, (e.g. my misspelled word of ‘precinct’ in the June 3 edition. I corrected the electronic copy but I was too late on the printed version). Although some of the complaints are valid, I am not bothered by the calls because I am so much harder on myself than anyone else could possibly be. I also know that all the activity of a man, during this lifetime, is lost in the grander scheme of things and will soon be forgotten (Eccl. 1:11). People will forget the things of our past “and even those yet to come / will not be remembered” repeating its mistakes as a result.

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