Many of my blog posts stemmed from letters that I wrote to a close family member who was voluntarily in a rehabilitation center. This is one of those letters:
[Family Member] –
Post-It Phrase of the Day: “Would you like me to give you a formula for success? It’s quite simple, really. Double your rate of failure. You are thinking of failure as the enemy of success. But it isn’t at all. You can be discouraged by failure or you can learn from it. Go ahead and make mistakes. Make all you can. Because remember that’s where you will find success.”
This is a quote from Operation Beautiful’s blog today.
I don’t think that we are called to purposefully make mistakes, but I do think that God, our creator, does understand our fallibility. We’re going to mess up – and that doesn’t always mean it’s a bad thing.
If you aren’t failing, you probably aren’t trying.
I’m sure you are learning what to do if you go home and make mistakes. It’s a reality with addictions and diseases. Self-doubt and negative thoughts will return, but if you are prepared for those, I’m sure your success rate will be much higher. Every time you make a mistake, look back and figure out the lesson learned from the experience. Decide what changes can be made to help avoid that mistake in the future.
Mistakes are going to happen, but living in those mistakes and being content with them, that’s where the problems begin. Chance loves the following quote, “What we initially tolerate, we eventually accept.” When we start to allow sin into our lives – even if it’s just once or twice, or maybe it’s not even done by us, but it’s done by friends or family – we eventually see it as not being a big deal. We start to accept it, and maybe even see it as the norm.
Stand up to sin.
Learn from it, but don’t let it set up shop.
“Move along sin, you’re not welcome here.”