No one is perfect.
We have all heard that phrase a time or two - or more - and it stands true. No one person in this world is perfect. We all make mistakes, plenty of them. Some mistakes are greater than others, but they are all mistakes.
Mistakes are made to happen to help us learn. For example, if a small child were to put his hand on a hot stove and burned his hand, chances are he won’t do it again. Another example, I wrote an article on someone and made a minor mistake - I didn’t include their name. I can promise that won’t happen again. But the important thing was I learned to slow down and not rush things. I bought a dog without telling my husband, that was a mistake too. (trying to add some humor in here - is that a mistake?)
A lot of the time people can allow a mistake to control their attitude or stop them from progressing. It is important to recognize that your mistakes do not represent all of who you are, nor do they define you as a person. You're much more than your situation, your problems or your past mistakes. Sometimes, the mistakes we have made keep us stuck in the mud; we let it wear us down and suck us in. We refuse to move and choose to wallow in them instead of learning from them. I know that if I were to allow my past mistakes to take control of me and determine my future, I would not be where I am today. God has great plans for each of us, but can we receive the blessing if we won’t close a chapter?
A lot of us are struggling in a job and would like to move to a new one, but we don’t because we think, “what if it is a mistake?” Some of us are afraid to end a relationship because we think, “what if there is no one else?” A lot of us are afraid to try something new because we think, “what if something goes wrong?” I have made a lot of mistakes in my life, most of which I am definitely not proud of, some even recently. When I look back on my mistakes, I have to program my mind to forgive myself and to move forward; use it as a stepping stone. We are always learning. Learning is part of life. Your best teacher you can have is your most recent mistake. Remember, we are not perfect and we are not flawless. We will mess up. It is just life. It is how you handle the mistakes that builds character, whether that character is positive or negative.
I have learned that almost every mistake I have made has molded me into the person I am today. Each mistake I have created (yes, sometimes we create our own mistakes) or encountered has taught me something about myself. Wherever you are in life, know it's OK to fail and make a mistake. The important thing is to pick yourself up off the floor, brush off those knees, ask God for forgiveness and move on.
Failure is the key to success. God died on the cross to forgive us when we make mistakes. We have been forgiven, all we have to do is forgive ourselves.