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Give yourself some grace


September 29, 2016 | View PDF

It’s been said that the best teacher is your last mistake. That means, “Don’t look at the mistake, look at the lesson.” Personally, I don’t make the same mistake twice—I usually make it four or five times just to make sure! Let’s face it: if you’re human, you make mistakes. Most of them are usually pretty small in the big scheme of things, but once in a while we all make a big one.

Consider this story: A woman in England played the lottery every week, and one week she picked the correct numbers to win the Euromillions $182 million lottery. Unfortunately, her husband threw the ticket away. (I bet he never heard the end of that one!)

Or this story: In the fall of 2003, a lost hunter lit a signal flare near the San Diego County Estates. The fire spread and became the largest fire in California’s history. The fire destroyed close to 300,000 acres, 2,322 homes, killed 14 people, and cost $1.2 billion in insured losses.

So maybe you haven’t flubbed up quite as bad. But think about this—all of our experiences, both good and bad, shape us into the persons we are today. That means that even your “dark side” has had an influence on who you are. We may truly regret our “dark” side, our mistakes, our weaknesses, but they teach us important things—sometimes some of life’s most valuable lessons.

So a mistake can be a good thing, if you learn from it. Weakness can teach us to rely on someone else, to trust. You need to recognize that you will, eventually, show weakness or make a mistake. After all, the only people who don’t make mistakes are all found in the local cemetery.

The Apostle Paul once had a problem that he prayed for the Lord to remove. Three times. But instead of removing the problem, God simply told him, “My grace is sufficient for you.” [2 Corinthians 12:9]

Now there’s an important lesson! Give yourself and others some grace today; weakness (or making a mistake) isn’t a bad thing, it’s a human thing.


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