Mistakes

CactusErrors or failures due to bad judgment, or lack of knowledge, or carelessness, or misunderstanding

A man who has committed a mistake and doesn’t correct it is committing another mistake. Confucius

Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.        Albert Einstein.

Mistakes are the portals of discovery.   James Joyce

Most of us would prefer to go through life mistake free. It does not work this way. Mistakes are a way of life. Let us take this further! If we never make mistakes we are ‘short-changing’ ourselves by limiting our horizons, our opportunities, our acquisition of knowledge and wisdom, and ultimately our achievements. Life is a series of successes, victories, failures and mistakes. They are intermixed. One does not happen without the other. We must risk making mistakes or failing in order to achieve any significant successes and victories. The adages: “Nothing ventured nothing gained”, “No pain – no gain”, and others gives us good perspective on this.

History has many examples of those who made mistakes or had failures, before they were truly successful. Thomas Edison is reported to have tried thousands of times before he perfected the basic light bulb. The Wright Brothers failed many times before they were able to experience their first successful flight. If we look at the math behind these two examples, they made many mistakes, over and over again, before experiencing their first success. Was the time and effort in making all these mistakes worth the ultimate success that was achieved? Hopefully, we all emphatically echo a yes to this.

We are all equipped with a biological mass that resides in our craniums. Its capabilities are believed to be virtually unlimited, and to date little is know of how truly capable it really is. We are talking about our brains. One capability that our brain has is the ability to process experiences and information for us. It learns and becomes more capable when we make mistakes. In a sense of the word, making mistakes is good. It learns from mistakes. Every time we make a mistake or fall down, our chances of succeeding and not falling down the next time become greater and greater. Chances are we fell down any number of times as we were learning to walk or ride a bicycle. If we never risk making mistakes we are in essence making a mistake of supreme magnitude. If we have a major aversion to avoiding things, activities, opportunities because of the fear of failure or making a mistake, our ability to grow is greatly diminished. We will never become what we are capable of and will never achieve our true potential. We must make our fair share of mistakes in the process.

Challenge:  Do you allow yourself to make mistakes? Do you learn from your mistakes? Are you able to look for the good that results from your mistakes? If you can do this, that is good. If you are afraid to step out because of the fear of making a mistake, then you must change this. You have not failed until you do not get back up and try again. Go ahead and make some mistakes, learn from the process. Do not let the fear of a mistake stop you.

Wisdom:  Mishaps are like knives, that either serve us or cut us, as we grasp them by the blade or the handle. James Russell Lowell

Spiritual: (NIV)

Humility and the fear of the Lord bring wealth and honor and life. Proverbs 15:6

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you. Psalm 32:8

In all your ways acknowledge him, and He will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:6

Everyone makes mistakes. The idea is to learn from our mistakes and get better and wiser and we get older and more experienced. We are limited in how far we can go if we do not have God in our lives help us and empowering us to get better and better. We are designed to have a personal an interactive relationship with Him.

With God’s help our mistakes will become fewer and fewer and we will increasingly become a better person.

Prayer: Help me to overcome shortcomings, weaknesses and mistakes and get better, wiser and more loving.

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