In our home we’ve been having a wonderful time learning what to do when you make a mistake. Lately in our family mistakes have been met with terrible regret, so much to where we may think we have ruined all the things we have done right. Or we blame others for our failures and refuse to take responsibility for our actions. Another typical response is just flat out giving up and refusing to try and do better or learn from our mistakes. Or we may feel the need to defend our actions because we feel wronged when you overlook all that we do right and point out the one thing we do wrong. For me, I often mull over the stuff I could’ve or should’ve said and/or done. Or I sit and live in regret over the things I DID do, or said.
My children went back to school last week, and it has been a week of not only refreshing ourselves with the responsibility of establishing a morning routine, but also math facts and the willingness to keep pressing on when you have made a mistake.
Just last night I was helping my daughter with her math homework and typically she will do her best and I will check her work, if it’s wrong, she will make the necessary corrections. As I was checking her homework I could feel the anxiety rise up in me, simply because I knew what turmoil had ensued last year when she wasn’t all that successful in doing her math homework. I could feel the defeat rising up. So before I revealed to her the fate of her homework, I reminded her that WE ALL MAKE MISTAKES and that all we can do is do better next time, and also learn from the mistakes that have been made.
It was a lesson that was fresh on my heart and mind. One that I had just overcome earlier that day. A lesson where God said HE was bigger than my mistakes and my weaknesses. One where I was free from the burden of regret.
I think this lesson was also an encouragement to my daughter. She needed to know that my heart for her was not that she was perfect, but that she believed in herself. She needed to know that her failures didn’t change my heart towards her, and shouldn’t change her resolve to keep on pressing on in life, especially in the challenging times of life.
Nothing can ever separate us from God’s love…not even our mistakes. We may sit and fear that God’s love and favor will be removed from our lives simply because we have made a mistake.
But I am at a point in my life where my faith in the promise that HE has set before MY EYES are not reliant on my striving to be perfect at anything. His promise has given me confidence to move forward in spite of my weaknesses or my mistakes.
SO today, I am thankful that my actions don’t determine whether or not I have God’s favor in my life, and that I can confidently press on towards the promise without having to carry the burden of regret. The Lord is most certainly gracious and I am so thankful!