A friend recently made some mistakes in her business. She corrected them and all is well now, but this got me thinking. The carnage from a mistake can be useful in the dream journey.
While mistakes hurt your pride and have varying levels on consequences, God also uses them to help you. When you journey after your dreams, you will make tons of mistakes. There are ways that they can be helpful. Here are just a few of those ways.
1 – Mistakes Help You Learn: When you reflect on what went wrong in the situation, you take note of your actions, decisions, and motives. Hindsight is 20/20, and you can see your mistakes for what they are. Now that you know better, you can do better.
2 – Mistakes Humble You: They remind you that you don’t know everything. You see your pride for what it is, sin in you (darn Eve) but you remind yourself that you are a child of God and His spirit is more powerful than sin. It’s an odd thing, but God makes you strong when you humble yourself because there is room for Him (Proverbs 3:34). Also, when you admit that you don’t know it all, you have the capacity to know so much more.
3 – Mistakes Teach You Empathy: They show you how to give grace to others. There is no one on the face of this earth who hasn’t made a mistake. You can empathize with people knowing you have also made mistakes.
4 – Mistakes Help You Grow: They give you an opportunity to see what you lack. When you see your shortcoming, God often uses this to form the vision for whom He wants you to become.
5 – Mistakes Enhance Your Natural Curiosity and Creativity: When you make a mistake, you wonder what the consequences are. You wonder what you could have done differently. You wonder how the mistake impacted others. You wonder a lot. Wondering is an aspect of curiosity and curiosity leads to creativity.
When you’ve made a mistake and the end of the day comes, rest your head on your pillow knowing that life will go on. You may be bruised, but God has your vulnerable heart and ego in His hands. Today chose to forgive someone who has made a mistake (including yourself) that affected you and give them the same grace God had given you.