Honestly making mistakes is never fun, a lot of times making mistakes can leave us heartbroken, embarrassed, confused, and feeling like we can never recover from what we’ve done. Mistakes often come when we stop relying on God to lead us and we begin relying on our own will. Mistakes for me are truly a learning lesson, every mistake I’ve made has taught me something and helped me grow. I know it sounds cliché but it’s true.
For instance 2 years ago I was getting prepared for graduate school I had the choice to take classes online or on the campus. So I decided I was going to pack up my life and move thousands of miles away where I didn’t know anyone and place I had never visited before. I got there at the beginning of the semester and I immediately realized that it was not for me. I knew I couldn’t live there and that I wasn’t supposed to be there. At first I was so afraid of going back home, I felt like I had let everyone down or that I couldn’t cut it away from home. I’ll admit for the first few months I was feeling like I had made a mistake by coming home, because I didn’t have a job and now I had to take out more loans for school, instead of getting school paid for if I would have stayed. You know I could have stayed in that space and just constantly felt bad for myself, but I didn’t, I stayed connected to God, prayed and asked for clarity in what had transpired. He quickly revealed to me all the things that I would have missed had I stayed there. Even 2 years later, he is still revealing all the great things that have occurred since I came back home.
So I want to encourage you not to beat yourself up when you make a mistake. Maybe yours wasn’t making a move before it was time. Maybe you’ve lied to a loved one, maybe you fell into temptation, maybe you’ve turned away from God and you feel like you can’t come back from that. I’m here to tell you that your mistakes don’t define you, you are defined by who God the Father says you are.
Here are four things to focus on when you are trying to move pass a mistake.
- Come to the realization that we all make mistakes and that nobody is perfect!
- Go to God and be open and honest with Him about your situation.
- Forgive yourself and others if someone else is involved.
- Take time to explore what the lesson was, what did you learn from it?
- Grow from it, it won’t be the last time you make a mistake, but you want to strive to avoid making the same mistake over and over.
After going through these steps, we may have moved on, but our mistakes can sometimes have consequences but we can’t let that define us and who we are and once you’ve given that to God and forgiven yourself, you have to continue to live your life and glorify God while doing it!
Forgive, Get the Lesson, Move on