In the Words of Anne:
“Well, we all make mistakes, dear, so just put it behind you. We should regret our mistakes and learn from them, but never carry them forward into the future with us.”
Let’s Chat, Beyond the Pages: Is it true, do we all make mistakes? Without question, we all make mistakes, and we will likely make more. The mark of true growth and maturity, however, comes with learning from the mistakes that we have made.
Learning from our mistakes and doing what needs to be done in order to move past them – that takes trust in God. That takes faith in God. And at the end of the day, it all builds character.
This week’s quote caused me to think a lot about Peter. In particular, I thought about his denial regarding Christ. I thought about his immediate response once he realized what he had done, what it took for him to move past his actions, and how he was finally able to go forward, beyond his mistakes.
His story could be ours. We, like him, could make a most regrettable mistake. We could agonize over it. We could try to run away from it, from others or even from ourselves. Thankfully, the LORD knows us, loves us, grants grace to us, and has a no holds barred redemption plan for us. That plan enables us to repent, and it allows us to revise our forward actions, which makes for a better future.
Let’s Chat Question: When you make a mistake, what does it take for you to move past it?
A Beyond the Pages Challenge: Complete a character study on Peter. Make sure to write down all of his mistakes. After you have completed this, make notations beside each identified mistake in terms of what the LORD said or did and Peter’s response thereafter. Apply what you learn to your life.