Everyone makes mistakes. And when we do, at times, we can really kick ourselves. We may beat ourselves up for some time because we made a mistake.
But mistakes are part of life. They happen. I’m reading a book by John Maxwell entitled, “Failing Forward.” In the book, he has many good quotes. One of those is from H. Stanley Judd, who said, “Don’t waste energy trying to cover up failure. Learn from your failures and go on to the next challenge. It’s okay to fail. If you’re not failing, you’re not growing.”
I like the last sentence; “If you’re not failing, you’re not growing.”
If you are not failing, you may not be trying anything new so, you’re not growing.
Simon Peter made a mistake. He denied that he knew the Lord! So, Jesus was finished with Simon, right? No, he wasn’t; Jesus told Simon that he wanted him to feed his sheep.
Simon messed up…but Jesus forgave him and told him he wanted to use him. Jesus will forgive us as well.
Dean Smith, legendary basketball coach at the University if North Carolina taught his players this regarding mistakes; “Recognize it, admit it, learn from it, forget it.”
That’s good advice for us as well.
As H. Stanley Judd said, “If you’re not making mistakes you aren’t growing.” So, if you’ve made a mistake and you are having problems forgiving yourself, wipe yourself off and move forward. Jesus forgives.