I’ve made my fair share of them. Each year, month, week, even day I make many mistakes. Now, all of these mistakes vary. Some are very minimal, like a misspelled word; but some are bigger and have a larger consequence to them. Mistakes, when not addressed carefully or properly, can have a lasting and haunting presence in our lives.
One serious mistake in life: sin.
Sin was the first mistake experienced. And its roots dug deep into time.
But a place comes where many of us are mistaken in this area.
We have ALL sinned. We’ve ALL made mistakes.
This is because we are human.
We have all sinned and fallen short of the Glory of God (Romans 3:23)
We get mistaken by thinking that we are alone and unique in our sin. That we are the only ones who have fallen. And we become so focused on our sin and holding onto it, keeping it in, feeling guilt over it that we are paralyzed and unable to move forward from it. And we don’t talk about it, not even to hand it over to God. It’s healthy and beneficial to recognize it but it’s not to try and keep it and handle it ourselves. Christ did not die for us to try and fix our own sins. He wants us to see it, but He wants us to in order to see Him more clearly, more vibrantly, more gracefully.
Our awareness of our sin, our mistakes in life can lead to something great: a greater awareness of grace in our lives. There is a quote by Timothy Keller dealing with this subject that I absolutely love which states: “The more you see your own flaws and sins, the more precious, electrifying, and amazing God’s grace appears to you.” If we are not aware of our sin and mistakes, then Christ coming and dying for us doesn’t seem as special. But when we truly see that He died for us while we were still sinners, how He loves us even though we’re flawed, it makes His grace more fully known and deep.
We will sin. We will make mistakes. We will fall short.
We should understand that. However, we should not be complacent in that. We should strive daily to be more like Christ. We should work to lessen those times, and spend more time glorifying, serving, and loving our Heavenly Father. One of my favorite groups is The Oh Hellos, and a favorite song of theirs is called “I Have Made Mistakes”. One of the most brilliant lines, and a line that hangs on a canvas in my dorm room says: “Nothing is a waste if you learn from it.”
Learn from mistakes. Try to not repeat them.
Accept God’s grace when you commit them.