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CONVERT FAILURE INTO INSIGHT

The only real mistake

“The days are long but the years are short.” It’s a refrain I often repeat. But sometimes even the days are short.

We make plans. We have the best intentions. And then . . . we fail to execute.

Distractions sweep us away from what is most important. (And drown us in what is merely trivial.)

IT CAN MAKE A MOMMA CRY

In Christ, there is grace for our failures. But that doesn’t mean those failures won’t hurt.

Some failures are incredibly painful….

When I reflect upon my own failures, there are two that top the list:

  • Opportunities I missed with my sons that I can never regain.
  • Words that I spoke that I can never un-speak.

Seeing the consequences of those mistakes can make this momma cry.

Can you relate?

SOOTHED BY GRACE

There is a balm that soothes my ache. It’s grace.

I wish that it were not so, but the truth is: we all stumble in many ways (James 3:2).

And yet, there is a way we can convert those failures into insights.

As Henry Ford observed:

The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing.

TRY AGAIN

I know it’s hard. I know it hurts. But glean all the lessons you can from failure.

Then, try again.

  • Each day presents new opportunities. Seize them!
  • That tongue that wounded with words yesterday can be used to pray, apologize, and encourage today.

Try again.

Humbly. Persistently. Lovingly. Try again.

It’s a new day!