When You Make a Mistake…

No matter how thoughtful you are—at some point in your life, in your finances, in your relationships, and your business, you’re going to make mistakes.

Maybe you messed up on eating healthy. Perhaps you missed an important meeting because you overslept. Or maybe, just maybe you thought you were the key to all of your success and let pride rob you of your blessings.

Whatever it may be, it’s easy to dwell on your mistakes and let them hinder your progress. Sometimes your missteps are so engrained in your memory that they become all you see when you engage in a new relationship or start a new business venture.

While some mistakes are accidental, most are the result of hubris, coupled with poor decision-making.

In Philippians 3:12-13, Paul confessed the following: “I do not mean that I am already as God wants me to be. I have not yet reached that goal. But I continue trying to reach it and to make it mine…But there is one thing I always do: I forget the past things, and I try as hard as I can to reach the goal that is before me.” (ICB)

You see, when we’re prideful and think we can do it without God, we’ve already failed. Instead of trying to fix things in our power, it’s best to graciously invite God into the situation and let Him solve the problem.

Sometimes we’re so proud that we can’t even admit that God is right and we’re wrong. Instead, act like “it” is God’s will and that there’s nothing we can do to change it. This thinking results in “burn the house down” syndrome where we feel hopeless and helpless and abandon the house we have made in His image.

It’s important to remember that you will always make mistakes and struggle with sin. But if you’re willing to learn, read, and listen to the word of God, the Lord will help you overcome your pride help you see the futility of your pride.

Proverbs 3:5-6 clearly tells you to trust in the Lord with all your heart and not lean on your [own] understanding. And, that in all your ways, acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

If you’re not [yet] living the life God planned for you, then spend your days moving closer to Him while thanking Him for everything He’s [currently] doing in your life.

If you need a little more confirmation, check out Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (NIV)

Look, God is the King of second chances. He’ll often give you thousands of opportunities to bring your problems and mistakes to Him.

In fact, every day that you wake up is God giving you another chance to “get it right.” But since none of us knows when we’ll take our last breath, I urge you to live each day with purpose and vigor.

The Bible, Simplified

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