Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Say a little prayer for me

iTunes just so happens to be one of my best friends.

Much to my husband's chagrin I love listening to the NPR News, Freakonomics, Stuff You Missed in
History, and This American Life shows in the car.

And yesterday's This American Life topic "Mortal vs Venial" was especially good. It was a three part episode that talked about little sins vs big ones. And how we humans tend to blur the lines or turn a blind eye to certain lapses in judgement.

One story featured a St. Louis politician that started his career with the best of intentions. Then he made one minor mistake. He coordinated an attack ad on his opponent with an outside fundraiser, which is in violation of U.S. Campaign finance laws. He ended up having to work tirelessly to cover it up. But that lapse in judgement eventually got him sent to federal prison anyway.

It got me thinking of all the silly little things we do over the course of our lives. And how some mistakes just disappear. Some we are forgiven for. But others manage to grow bigger and bigger. Snowballing right into epic disasters.

And there is no way to tell which little "sin" will bring our downfall. We just don't know.

I suppose to we have a few choices with how to deal with our human nature.

Become perfect. Or learn to admit our failures and move on.
 I think the chance of me reaching perfection are minuscule, so it's probably better to focus my energy on forgiving myself and others quickly. Wouldn't want those little sins adding up now would we?