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A Missing S Takes Down A Landmark Company

Mistakes Complacency Vigilance

Source: “Government in £9 million payout after single letter blunder causes business to collapse” by Camilla Turner, posted UK TELEGRAPH, January 27, 2015

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-01-29

Scripture: Luke 19:17 ; 1 Corinthians 10:12

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ILLUSTRATION

“It was a 124-year-old Welsh family business which took five generations to build up,” reports the UK Telegraph, “yet a blunder over a single letter was all that was needed to cause its collapse, leaving the Government with a multi-million dollar legal bill.”

This month (January 2015), a British high court has found that Companies House (an executive agency of the UK Department of Business, Innovation and Skills) is liable for the damages associated with the collapse of the company.

At issue was an erroneous report published by Companies House stating that the prestigious engineering firm Taylor & Sons was “all wound up” (i.e., in liquidation). By the time Taylor & Sons caught the error just three days later, Companies House had already sold the information to the various credit bureaus. In an effort to protect their own assets, both clients and suppliers of the engineering firm began canceling orders and contracts immediately. Within just three weeks the company, said owner Phillip Davison-Serby was rendered ”so as to become of no real value.”

“We lost all our credibility as all our suppliers thought we were in liquidation,” said Davison-Serby. “It was like a snowball effect.”

All the while, the real credit problem was never with Taylor & Sons at all, but rather with a completely unrelated company called Taylor & Son (no “s”!).

A simple, careless typographical error resulted in the demise of a landmark company and the loss of livelihood for all its 250 employees.

“The administrative slip-up was the only one of its kind ever recorded at Companies House history,” reports the TELEGRAPH.

"That can only be,” said the judge, “because it was easy to avoid."

APPLICATION

God calls us to faithfulness in both little things and great. Yet while we’re on our guard, paying such close attention to the details of the “great” things, we can all too easily fail in the “small" things. We become careless and unconcerned about those “little” sins because they seem, as the judge described, “so easy to avoid.”

Don't let the "snowball effect" of easy slip-ups render your great efforts to be of no value.

"'Well done, my good servant!' his master replied. 'Because you have been trustworthy in a very small matter, take charge of ten cities'"(Luke 19:17).

"“So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don't fall!” (1 Corinthians 10:12).

Famed Grad School Misspells Own Name on Diplomas

Mistakes Witness Humility

Source: "Northwestern's School of Journalism misspells own name on diplomas" by Mike Krumboltz, published Yahoo News, June 23, 2014

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-07-03

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 10:12 ; Proverbs 16:18

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Oops! Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications — one of the nation's most highly regarded journalism graduate programs — issued dozens of diplomas with its own name misspelled!

How ironic. Communication, particularly in the written word, is supposed to be their primary forte. They boast in their communication prowess. Heck, they even grant highly coveted degrees in it.

"The diploma would have been tagged with a 'Medill F' — a stamp earned by students who commit factual or spelling errors," reports the AP.

The blooper--though so minor in the vast scheme of things--loomed large against the backdrop of a world-famous journalism school, and managed to catch the attention of major news outlets. The very media which the school promotes and educates is having a field day publicizing and mocking the blunder. 

APPLICATION

When we make a public claim to be followers of Christ, the world begins to hold us to a higher standard. After all, morality is supposed to be the Christian's forte. That being so, even the slightest slip will catch a watching world's attention. That's when we must decide between excusing our blunder as an anomaly or humbly confessing that we are just as capable as the next guy of fumbling. The Scriptures commend the second approach for some obvious reasons. First, it's true. We are all prone to faux pas. Also, it is only as we remain humble that we become the witness to God's goodness and grace that He intends to be.

"But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me" (2 Corinthians 12:9).

Tossing Jack's Beans Out the Window

Mistakes Opportunity God's Will

Source: "The Greatest Mistakes of All Time" by Martha Brockenbrough, ENCARTA Online, retrieved 8/1/01

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2012-12-20

Scripture: Romans 8:28

Author: Martha Brockenbrough
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ILLUSTRATION

In an article titled "The Greatest Mistakes of All Time," Martha Brockenbrough of ENCARTA online makes some interesting observations:

You may have heard this before, but I bet you still hate the idea of screwing up and embarrassing yourself in front of every body. This is understandable. We aren't very nice to people who make mistakes. Just look at how people made fun of George W. Bush. ...

But where would Jack be if his mother hadn't tossed his magic beans out the window? Not up the beanstalk getting golden eggs from the giant's goose, that's for sure."

APPLICATION

She concludes with the words of James Joyce, saying, 'Mistakes are the portals for discovery.' … "What they mean is that you should look carefully--and study your errors. You may find things you were never looking for, things that could change the world …"

Where you are, and what you're in the middle of, is NO mistake. The mistake is to think God has made a mistake!

"And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them" (Romans 8:28, NLT),

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God Won't Accept Your Resignation

Mistakes Eternal Security Grace

Contributed By: Fred Gates | Date Posted: 2012-05-16

Scripture: Proverbs 28:13 ; 1 John 1:9

Author: Fred Gates
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How Does Good Judgment Come?

Mistakes Spiritual Growth God's Will

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2012-03-31

Author: Barry LePatner
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Message the Lyrics

Endurance Perseverance Mistakes

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2010-12-27

Author: Illustration Exchange
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The Secret To Right Decisions

Wisdom Mistakes Decision Making

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2010-11-09

Scripture: Deuteronomy 5:33 ; Joshua 1:8

Author: Ted W. Engstrom and Edward R. Dayton, editors
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The Wild Ride

Giving Faith Risk

Contributed By: James Miller | Date Posted: 2017-10-27

Scripture: Matthew 6:30

Author: James Miller
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Use Your Head to Find Your Car

Wisdom Teachability Discernment

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-05-02

Scripture: Proverbs 4:7

Author: Vox.com / Illustration Exchange
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Half Of Nothing

Resentment Foolishness Divorce

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-07-13

Scripture: Hebrews 12:15

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