You can't keep from making bad calls.
Bad calls have been in the sporting news a lot lately. A few weeks ago, Jim Joyce made a mistake that cost a pitcher a perfect game. This morning, Koman Coulibaly made a call that cancelled out the go-ahead goal in the US-Slovenia World Cup match.
You can't keep from making bad calls. Small Group leaders miss things. Small Group leaders assume things and assume wrongly. We can't pay attention to everything and we can't process everything that happens in our Small Group.
You can't keep from making bad calls. But you can control what you do next.
Joyce owned his mistake. Coulibaly hasn't yet.
We want our Small Group communities to be the sort of loving, grace-filled places where you can make a bad call and own up to it. We want people to be able to make mistakes. That's part of learning. That's part of growing.
Joyce received forgiveness for his bad call. Coulibaly hasn't yet.
You can't keep from making bad calls. What matters most is what you do next.