I thought I would take a break from the devotionals to tell you about a funny moment that happened at our pastoral staff meeting this morning — a moment that captured the different personalities of those involved.
Tim Lester preached this past Sunday, and he had his prepared PowerPoint slides with Scriptures and his main outline comments.
I (Randy) am not a neatnik about many things in life, but I do like words on a paper or presentation to be just right — perfectly spelled and punctuated.
Tim does not share this by nature, not always being really quite sure how to spell something. And so I immediately noticed that he spelled Esther throughout his slides as “Ester.” It made me recall how, during the art work associated with the recent kids’ musical program on heroes of the faith, that the children also spelled it “Ester.” (see picture)
So, I was teasing Tim about how he spelled it. And he said, “No, no way … I ran spell-check on it to be sure everything was just right. So how could that be?”
“Well,” said Chris. “The spell-check probably corrected it from the proper name of “Esther” to “ester” because it was thinking you meant to talk about esters — which are a type of chemical compound.” He then went on to explain how esters in fruit are very powerful, illustrated by how, for example, after eating a banana, everything after that tastes like a banana, at least for a while.
So … Tim screws up spelling, Randy sees it immediately, and Chris gives the scientific explanation for why it happened. Just another day with the staff.
I didn’t think too much of it at the time, but I think within the last few weeks or month and almost definitely with the last two or four months, you, Randy had a spelling error in one of these blog posts of yours. It struck me at the time and I decided it was too trivial to tease you about it. The error was not something that a spell checker would catch, for like Tim’s spelling error, the mispelled word was another correct word, that just didn’t match the context of what was being said.
The issue isn’t that important to me so I am not going reread all your blog comments of the past few months. (And due to my fallible memory, it is not inconceivable that Chris made the spelling error and I possibly surprised that you didn’t catch it, attributed the potential to tease you that your almost perfect spelling and editing ability failied in that instance.)
I’m only cash (or savings) fluid by an insignificant amount beyond short-term bills of the next month or two, (kind of living paycheck to paycheck here) but I just thought of offering a hundred dollars to any of the youths who can catch the spelling error in your writing. It might be an opportunity for one of them to make money.
While I’m not offering to make a bet or offer at this point, if some youth does read through your recent blogs of the past few weeks to past few months and reports to you your spelling error or rather mixed up word, or mixed up word of Chris’s comment in this TSF devotional, I’ll prayerfully and joyfully consider a $100 gift to that youth, if you pass that spelling error catch on to me.
I do promise to pray about it and maybe underwrite this cash gift — if I have the money available and no pending emergencies.
It would only be suitable payback for them to catch your error, since you pointed out their error in your comment.
Note to parents: I don’t mind that you point out to any youth this borderline proposition. I do though don’t want any parent doing the research and finding a spelling error and then giving extra hints to any youth. If anyone wants to do that please come up with your own reward of whatever amount.
Lord forgive me for doing this, if it is wrong, since it might cut into what I do for my own family.
Ester is the traditional Hebrew spelling! So jokes on you!