Mama always “spoiled out” her mistakes.
Through my years at home I noticed when mother wrote something down wrong and wanted to correct it, she would say, “I’ll spoil it out.” Immediately she would turn the pencil eraser over, sometimes lick it, and start erasing her mistake. I never understood the licking part. It may have been a habit. I don’t know.
I was just thinking about spoiling out our mistakes. It’s hard to spoil out (erase) if we have written with an ink pen. I think few people use pencils anymore to write, though I’m not sure of that. Let’s think about things we can spoil out, or erase.
We can spoil out hurt feelings by saying, “I’m sorry, please forgive me.” It is an important way to make things right. It relieves the person responsible and gives the other person a better feeling about the wrongful deed. Besides that, it’s the right thing to do.
We can spoil out by giving things back that we have taken by borrowing and never returning. Just trying to forget about it doesn’t make things right. We have to return them to their rightful owner. It is the right thing to do.
We can spoil out our wrongdoings, our sins, by being baptized and washing them away. That is the right thing to do according to the Bible. See Mark 16:16
We can spoil out sins as a Christian by asking for prayers, or praying and asking for forgiveness of them. It is the right thing to do according to the Bible. See Acts 8:20-24; James 5:16.
Mistakes often leave a mark behind even though they are gone. It reminds me of the father who instructed his son to go to the fence post and drive a nail in it every time he did something wrong. Then when he made it right or asked for forgiveness, he was to pull the nail out. Of course, a hole was left where the nail had been and that concerned the boy. He told his daddy about the hole. His daddy explained to him though he had made the wrong right, the evidence still remained. And so it is with spoiling things out. The mark may still be there, or the memory of it in some way even though the mistake is removed.
The time to spoil mistakes out is when we discover one has been made. It is the right thing to do.