“A miss is as good as a mile” we’re all familiar with this saying and have probably used one version or another in our lifetime. The saying originates in colonial times and isn’t even uniquely American, its origins can be attributed to the British Isles as far back as 1614 by: William Camden’s Remaines of a Greater Worke Concerning Britaine.
It’s the impression of coming extremely close to something but not hitting the intended mark; so, whether it’s a fraction of an inch or a mile, a miss is a miss, something many folks today do not grasp.
“What are we missing” you might ask? In short, we are missing a life intended to be free of many of the burdens that have been created both by government and by society. Government is made up of men who make their fortunes by just coming close, in Washington its called compromise. We are preached to by the media how important it is for legislators to make deals that will affect our daily lives and more importantly, our pocket books. The founding fathers didn’t want us to come close to maintaining our freedoms, they intended for us to hit the target every time a bill was passed. They put safeguards into our constitution to ensure it happened. Lately, we have been missing our intended targets with laws like: health care, light bulbs, patriot act, and raising the debt ceiling.
Our society has been missing the preverbal mark every since we start setting Hollywood on a pedestal instead of God. We let professional liars dictate what our children should be taught, what they should eat, and what they should wear. Every child wants to be like their favorite film star, they want to act like them, talk like them and be like them. What is worst, we as parents encourage this; we see it as acceptable behavior.
We are taken back in awe when we hear of mass shootings, flash robberies, child pornography, and homosexuality run-a-muck. Hollywood has never come even close to hitting the mark when it comes to morals; why then do we listen and give credence to liars.
We all miss the mark when it comes to doing right, 1 John 3:4 “Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law”. It is our job to hit the mark as many times we can in a lifetime. Coming close in morals, food and holy days, is still a miss in Gods eyes; coming close in worship isn’t worshipping God. “What does it matter how we worship God as long as we love God in our hearts” this is a common excuse for doing one’s own thing and it totally misses the target with God, “Be perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.” (Matthew 5:48).
The mark for us is eternal life with Christ and a miss is as good as a mile even into nothingness and eternal death.