Posts Tagged ‘mistakes’

  

[It is] the little foxes that ruin the vineyards…” (Song of Solomon‬ ‭2‬:‭15‬ NIV)

During the Civil War, General Robert E. Lee, commander of the Confederate army, handed down a plan of attack to his next in command, General A. P. Hill.  The latter wrapped the plan around a couple of cigars, and then mislaid them. They were found shortly afterwards in an abandoned Confederate Camp by a sergeant from the opposing Union Army, and passed on to his commander, General McClellan. As a result, the Union won a surprise victory at Antietam, which began to turn the tide in the war. Otherwise, the Confederate states would probably have won early and easily.

It is simple to blame our mistakes and sins upon the actions of others, the power of Satan, or the fallen state of this world. But every personal failure falls back to a small decision on our part, a careless setting aside of God and His words. Isn’t it amazing how devastating a small decision or action in the right place can be?! And yet in both wars and lives, the effect can be crushing. 

Be careful in the little areas of your life. A careless word, action, or thought can lead to devastation. Ask God today to lead your steps, to protect you from the failures of others and yourself, and to keep His Light burning bright in you. The world is watching! You are loved! 

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Then Elisha prayed, ‘O LORD, open his eyes and let him see!'” (2 Kings‬ ‭6‬:‭17‬ NLT)

David Douglas was a renowned Scottish botanist that helped pioneer North America in the 19th century, even having a fir tree named in his honor. He, however, mistakenly “found” two new mountains, calling them Mount Hooker and Mount Brown after two other famous botanists. But climbers never found these new mountains because they didn’t exist. It wasn’t until 70 years later that someone reread his journals and discovered the mistake, Douglas had made a “mountain” out of a “hill”.

We, too, often make big issues out of small things. When we are stressed and under pressure, it’s easy to magnify an issue that isn’t as serious as we think. Panic ensues and peace flies out the door like a spooked pheasant, leaving nothing behind but a new mess! And where there wasn’t a problem, there sure is one now!

Be like Elisha’s servant in the text and allow the Lord to open your eyes to the world as He sees it. It’s seldom as bad as you think! By looking at situations in your life correctly, they will maintain their correct proportion and so will your peace! You are loved today! Be at peace! 

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Joseph, Mary’s fiancé, was a good man and did not want to disgrace her publicly, so he decided to break the engagement quietly.” (Matthew‬ ‭1‬:‭19‬ NLT)

Joe “JoePa” Paterno was the legendary football coach of Penn State. After leading his teams to championships for over 40 years, a good intention cost him his job and blemished his incredible tenure. Following his dismissal as fallout of the Sandusky Sex Scandal, he lamented, “We shall act with good intentions, but at times we will be wrong. When we are, let us admit it and try to right the situation.”

Sometimes the difference between goodwill and God’s will is 1,000 miles. Joseph was a good man, as the Bible tells us. But his good intention was about to become a horrible mistake. God had to visibly show up to keep Joseph from hurting his and Mary’s character and ultimately undermining God’s plan for mankind’s redemption; “Good” became the enemy of “Best”.

Pay attention to God’s leading before making decisions, especially the major ones. Our most intense and prolonged agonies can often be traced back to a simple singular decision. Even when the heart is in the right place, obedience may not be. Live to see your life fulfill God’s plans, not undue them! You are loved today! Have a wonderful & wise weekend!

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Whoever learns from correction is wise.” (Proverbs‬ ‭15‬:‭5‬ NLT)

As I rode in the passenger seat as my youngest child drove this morning to the corner store for breakfast items to bring home, I find myself full of parental wisdom. My desire is not to humiliate or frustrate my kids, but to show them a healthier, cheaper way to drive! So, with my knuckles turning white on the dash and my foot pounding a hole in the floor where another brake pedal SHOULD be, we survived the two block trip and he gained MUCH wisdom in a small amount of time.

God puts wise people into our life so that we can learn valuable lessons to enrich our lives. But if our pride won’t allow us to submit to counsel or correction, we doom ourselves to learn life the hard way, chin first. Then we whine about how tough life is when we could’ve had it better if we had only listened.

As you get ready to come to church tomorrow, come ready to learn. God’s word and His people are the best advisors that lead to a better life. Learn well and life will require less white knuckles! You are loved today!

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Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.” (Proverbs‬ ‭3‬:‭5‬ NLT)

In the heartland of England lies a place as treacherous as the Bermuda Triangle. Known as the Peak District near Derbyshire, this mountain range is responsible for at least 122 military aircraft crashes during WWII. According to warhistoryonline.com, when the fog rolled in, things got treacherous. Just take a stroll through the hills and you are guaranteed to find wreckage among the rocks.

Life can get just as foggy as the Peak District mountains; when panic sets in, bad things happen. As the biblical writer states, we must remember that God is in control and simply follow where He leads. Getting anxious and jumping abruptly often leads to hurtful places outside of God’s will. But God will never lead you where His grace cannot keep you!

As you go about your week, guard against being reactionary. While our own understanding works occasionally, it is often at odds with God’s direction. Let the Holy Spirit be your compass instead, placing your trust in the hands of Him who sees through life’s fog! You are loved today!

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Since you have taken off your old self…and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.” (Colossians‬ ‭3‬:‭9-10‬ NIV)

A 12-year veteran of police work, Carole Moore has served in patrol, forensics, crime prevention and criminal investigations, and has worked with other agencies. She shared in an OFFICER.com article of a rookie mistake where she left her radio off accidentally, resulting in missed calls for an emergency and a subsequent manhunt to find her. In spite of it, she went on to become a seasoned and decorated officer.

We are our own toughest critic. When I make a mistake, I can be pretty brutal on myself. Paul says that we are “being renewed in knowledge”, meaning that I progressively grow as I learn, and failures make very good lessons! So while I may fail, I’m not a failure as long as I’m learning, which means I’m actually making progress.

So cut yourself some slack today! Grow in God through grace, just as the Bible says. Although you’ll never be perfect this side of the pearly gates, you can daily become better at living the Christ Life! Be kind to yourself! You are loved!