, Corbin, KY


April 28, 2014

‘Ctrl+Z’ has saved me from many mistakes

CORBIN — “‘Cause we all make mistakes sometimes,

And we’ve all stepped across that line.

But nothing’s sweeter than the day we find,

Forgiveness, forgiveness.”


For three semesters in college, I pretty much took nothing but computer-related courses.

I had classes where I learned Microsoft Office programs like Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access.

I also had classes where I learned Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator which were what helped me get this job here at the Times-Tribune.

I also took a few classes in web design too.

Then, before I graduated, I had a couple classes where I had to combine everything I learned.

So during that time period, if you happened to see me, chances are I had my fingers on a keyboard or a mouse working on a computer.

Not to mention, I also had a part-time job working at the Lexington Herald-Leader where I used a computer to help gather sports scores and information.

All the while, I was learning many new things I had never done before. And of course as you’re learning new things, and trying new things, you end up making mistakes along the way.

This helped to introduce me to the “Undo” feature most computer programs have.

“Undo” lets you correct a mistake you might have made while using a program such as Word or Photoshop.

You can either click “Undo” at the top under one of the menus, or you can learn the keyboard shortcut which I found to be quicker.

On personal computers, you hit the buttons “Ctrl + Z” at the same time to undo a mistake. Or on a Mac, you hit Command + Z to undo.

As I went through all of my classes, and learned more and more, Ctrl+Z became my new best friend.

Any mistake I made could quickly be erased with the quick tap of Ctrl+Z.

Did I draw a circle when I should have drawn a star? Ctrl+Z.

Did I turn a photo black and white when it’s supposed to be in color? Ctrl+Z.

Did I delete all 1,000 words in an essay assignment? Ctrl+Z.

Shamefully to say, I got so used to hitting Ctrl+Z that I was doing it in my sleep.

The other day, I was even reminded of something embarrassing I did one morning before class.

My brother Jordan was talking about how he accidentally cut himself shaving because he was in a hurry to get to work. That reminded me of a time I was shaving one morning before class.

I also cut myself by accident, and instead of grabbing a tissue, I tried to hit Ctrl+Z.

Mind you, I do not keep a computer keyboard anywhere near my bathroom sink. But out of instinct, I had made a little mistake and was just so used to Ctrl+Z always fixing it for me.

Of course, it didn’t help me that time. And I’m not sure what I would have done if it actually had worked.

Nonetheless, the Undo function, or Ctrl+Z, always came in handy during all those times I made mistakes in class.

God also let’s us hit Ctrl+Z with His forgiveness when we make mistakes in life.

None of us are perfect, and we will all make our fair share of mistakes during our time here on Earth.

I make mistakes on an almost daily basis. But I know that God’s forgiveness will be there when I call out to Him. And then I know my mistakes will be wiped away by God’s grace.

1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

I am so thankful I was able to “undo” all the many mistakes I made during class. But I am even more grateful I have a God who lets me undo all the many mistakes I make in life.

Brad Hall is the nighttime editor for the Times-Tribune. He can be reached at You can also visit his blog at

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