When writing my blog posts, if I make a mistake I just tap away at the delete button and correct it. Simple.
If I am painting and I make a mistake I adapt that mistake and use it to evolve the painting. Less simple.
When fixing my car, if I make a mistake it requires more knowledgeable assistance. This is costly and complicated.
The key thing in all is acknowledging the mistake! Next comes evaluation, what to do with the mistake? Ignore it. Perhaps I should start over or gloss over it. Maybe use it? And so action comes next. Erraddicate it’s exsistence or incorporate it or ask for help. The choice is mine to make.
In any walk of faith, mistakes happen. By mistakes I mean sin. Willful disobedience. If you are a Christian you know the rules, because they are laid out for you in the bible. And if you are a Christian, chances are you know when you have sinned. Acknowledging your sin, can be tough not to mention a bitter pill to swallow, but it is the first step to repentance. We are going through the Set Apart series in church at the moment and it is exciting! It challenges you to evaluate you, without comparison.
When I neglected to trust I, I veered off the track and wrote the rambling below. I had started reacting to my own situation rather than trusting in God and His promises.
Looking inward and assessing yourself is uncomfortable!! Searching within for the mistakes you called part of your character; for example: using your past as an excuse or letting current circumstance justify your reaction (“it’s just the way she is”), is the surest way I can think of to derail your faith.
Letting your mistakes define you is the ultimate mistake. It exposes and weakens you. The enemy constantly lies in wait, you are tiring yourself out for the attack. You start telling yourself all kinds of lies and slowly but surely you believe them. Things like resentment, jealousy, apathy, fear, self-loathing, shame, pride and hatred start dominating your feelings. It is a heady cocktail for the wrong kind of vulnerability.
I know that I I said at the beginning how I cope with my mistake is my choice and even in sin that remains true. Sin and lie to yourself about it, see where that gets you. Sin and repent and see where God gets you.
Remember, God is faithful! But, it is a choice, a personal choice. If you stumble and fall or willingly divert cross-country style that’s ok, because devine roadside assistance is free and available anytime you need it. His mercy is new every day.
No matter how much I try
All I do is cry
My tears unrelenting
My soul ever repenting
I fell so empty and hollow
Where is the path I chose to follow?
The cycle goes round and round
I’m troubled and bound,
I’ve deviated off the track
I can’t see a way back
The fear overwhelming
These myths need dispelling
I so wanted to be the change,
To proclaim His wonder in the strange
To call myself His daughter
I’ve tasted living water
A voice within shouts “FLEE!”
Another whispers “Come back to me”
“Only I can see you free”