I cringed as I read through my manuscript. My published book had so many mistakes in it. To think that I actually allowed this book to be published with all those errors. I hope my readers don’t cringe at the grammar errors that occur throughout the story. Mistake after mistake after mistake.
As I sat back and pondered over my mistakes, I realized that those mistakes are part of me. I gave my readers an open door into my faith life and allowed them not only to see the achievements that I had made in my life, but also my mistakes; even the mistakes in my own writing. My life without those mistakes would not be a ground for learning.
Life is a intertwining of mistakes and achievements. In fact, most of my achievements wouldn’t have been met without those errors. God used the messes in my life to speak to others and most importantly to speak to me. While I was feeling quite humbled by all my mistakes, God was creatively showing someone how to achieve success. He also was reminding me that He could change those mistakes into good.
Everyday we make mistakes. Maybe we speak something we shouldn’t to someone. Maybe we act in a way that is inappropriate. Maybe we selfishly look out for only ourselves. Maybe we look past the hungry beggar and judge him. Maybe we gossip about our friends. Whatever your mistake is today, forgive yourself, then open your eyes to the Glory that God does with that mistake.
Maybe when you say something you shouldn’t, God nudges that person to speak the truth to you. Maybe when you act inappropriately, someone else steps up and comforts that person’s hurt. Maybe when you selfishly only look out for yourself, God humbles you and reminds you that He is in control. Maybe when you ignore the beggar, the person behind you helps him. Maybe when you gossip about our friends, a friend speaks out and reminds you that there is good in the person you are gossiping about.
Watch how God uses your mistakes. Don’t just ignore your mistakes – let them speak to you. Let the mistakes of your life stand out like my mistakes do on the pages of my book. Humble yourself to see that you are not perfect, but God still uses you for good.
Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.