I sat down to write out an idea on a fresh piece of paper and the first word I wrote was a mistake. I was thinking of one word and wrote a different one, and there it sat in ink.
My first reaction was to tear out the page and start over as if it had never happened. Then the guilt set in. In my mind was the tree that was chopped down for my writing pleasure and the remaining blue lines that would forever be blank in a landfill. They would never know the joy of bearing the burden of someone’s thought. So, in guilt I kept the page and crossed out the word. That did not help. It bothered me that the page was no longer fresh and organized, but I had decided to go ahead and use it anyway even though the word was now glaring at me and laughing in an evil tone.
My approach to life can be the same. A mistake comes and I wish I could have a “tear it out and throw it away” moment, but what is done is done. The mistake glares and laughs at me in the worst moments. It can keep me from freedom. It can keep me from moving on.
When it comes to life, God is the master at dealing with mistakes of sin or foolishness. He fashioned a Tree of sacrifice that erases our state of Sin and removes it until the East can collide with the West…which is geographically impossible. Our condition of Sin becomes a blank page under Christ’s blood. Of course, there are times that we remember the mistake and the guilt creeps in once again, but God sees a fresh page through a marvelous concept that He calls GRACE. The marks that crossed out our sin were drawn across Jesus’s back. The crumpling of our pages of failure were torn from us as He was “crushed’ for our wrong doings.
As mistakes happen, see them for what they are from a Biblical standpoint. Confess what needs to be confessed. Learn what needs to be learned. Then move on. He can “work it together for our good.” We will grow. We will become. We will live.