For there is not a just man on earth who does good and does not sin. Ecclesiastes 7:20
We are living in an imperfect world. Mistakes are inevitable. I am yet to meet a man who has never made a single mistake. James 3:2 says, “For we all stumble in many things…“
When a wise man makes a mistake, he says “I am sorry”; but when a fool makes a mistake, he says “it’s not my fault”. A wise man knows that as long as he lives, he will make mistakes. He knows that not all his decisions will be right; as a result, he owns up to his mistakes. The wisest man that ever lived, King Solomon, prayed while dedicating the temple and said, as recorded in 1 Kings 8:46, “When they sin against You…” [for there is no one who does not sin]. Solomon acknowledged that there is no one who does not sin. From birth, we carry a nature in us that predisposes us to always do things wrong.
Mistakes can either make you or mar you depending on how you respond to it. Like chloroquine, you either respond to it and get well or you react to it and get worse. In life, you either respond or react. A major difference between a foolish man and a wise man is the way each of them handles mistakes. While a fool reacts, a wise man responds to their mistakes.
To avoid making a mistake, all you have to do is to do nothing. For so long as you will attempt something, there is a 100% chance that you will make a mistake. Mistakes are made when you make poor choices, when you hurry into things and miscalculate your timing.
Nobody gets drowned by falling into a river, people get drowned by staying inside the river after falling in. Whenever you fall, make sure you pick something. A common identity of champions is that they make lots of mistakes. However, they do not allow their mistakes to stop them. They have learned not only to manage their mistakes but to maximize and make the most of them. They know that what is ahead of them is by far better than what is behind them.
Dr. Myles Munroe said “the tragedy in life is when a future is buried in a past mistake.” To some people their mistakes stop them at the middle of their journey while to others; their mistakes compel and propel them to move forward. Have you noticed that when you hit your foot on a stone, it causes you to stumble forward faster?
Mistakes are part of life. I will rather make mistakes doing something good, than do nothing to avoid making mistakes. I sincerely believe that only God does not make mistake. I believe that if the world is a perfect place, then Jesus needed not to die. Jesus came because He knew that we don’t have what it takes to make it on our own.
Don’t allow your mistakes to stop you. Learn all you can learn from them and move on in your life. A great problem most people have is that they do not learn from their mistakes. This is the reason why so many people don’t improve in life. Your mistake can be your greatest teacher if you are willing to learn from it.
I believe that God will not be God if He is not all-knowing. That means you cannot surprise God. He knows the end from the beginning. Many people think that God is surprised at their mistakes. The truth is that God knows the mistakes you are going to make before you actually make them. God knows all you are going to do in the next ten years. So when you make a mistake, do not assume that God is shocked. Did God know that Abraham will tell lies claiming that Sarah was his sister rather than his wife? Yes! God knew, yet He called him. Did Jesus know that Pater was going to deny Him? Yes! He knew, yet He called him to be an apostle. So when you make mistakes, learn all you can learn from it and move on with your life. David McNally said, “the mistake-ridened life is much richer, more interesting and more stimulating than the life that has never risked anything.” Tom Hopkins echoed that “the single most important difference between champion achievers and average people is their ability to handle rejection and failure”.
You may fail but you are not a failure until you call yourself one. Oswald Avery said, “whenever you fall, pick something up”. To expect your life to be perfectly tailored to your specification is to live a life of continual frustration. You are expected to aim towards perfection. You are not perfect yet. You are a learner, you are not a failure.