Why is it that when we stumble, we almost inherently fall? Figuratively speaking, we tend to believe that the little hiccup we experienced along the way is it. It’s the end all, be all point of no return. This stumble just caused us to fall, why? Because we gave up!
Our immediate reaction when we mess up in life is to just throw in the towel. Rather than picking up the pieces and trying to start again, we beat ourselves up for the mistake, maybe do a little trash-talk in the mirror and just decide that again…this isn’t going to work.
What if I told you that it didn’t have to be that way? What if I said that your mistakes, whether great or small, have the chance to transform you into a better human being. That’s right folks, your mistakes, your stumbles along the way might just be the road to recovery for you in many, many ways.
Here me out on this one. I’m not saying that once you make a mistake you should consider doing it over and over again because if you’ve ever heard the great Stephen Covey, you would know that Doing the same thing over and over again will not bring you different results. You can, however, rest comfortably knowing that you have a chance to redeem yourself. Your life, your goals, your challenges are not to be determined by the stumbling you do along the way. It’s what you do after that counts.
Take eating for example (because this is a struggle many people face daily). So you’re doing your thing, on your way to losing weight and feeling great, when suddenly you screw up on the plan. You eat ice cream and since you’ve made that bad choice already, why not add insult to injury and go a step further and just have another snack later on? Your first thought is how horrible you are. I mean, it’s only the second day on your so-called “diet” yet you have managed to put yourself further behind than when you started. The scale went up overnight and you just feel worthless.
Ah…but here’s the cool part. You have a chance to start over RIGHT NOW! You don’t have to let that bad decision define you or determine your next move. What comes of the poor choice from last night? A brighter start today. You can feel awakened, refreshed, and ready to start anew. No, it just doesn’t happen that easily. First, you have to stop the trash talk. Then, you have to decide that it’s okay to start over. And most importantly, you have to realize that you’re worth more than any mistake you have or could have made. It’s all in your mind. This game that goes on day in and day out starts right there and it’s only us. We are our own worst enemy, stripping ourselves down to almost nothing when we should be looking upward.
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
If that is true, than who are you to badmouth yourself? Maybe it’s time to focus on what’s next and leave the past behind, even if it was just yesterday. Time to look in the mirror and call yourself blessed, perfectly designed, and ready to take on the challenges you’ll face. You will not be defined by a choice you’ve made. You are greater than that because your God is greater, stronger, and able to conquer any demon you may be fighting. Give it to Him and watch what happens next…