But often, there comes a time in our life when we realize that our mistakes can be a powerful catalyst for change. Mistakes are often the one thing we need in order to bring about life-changing growth and a deeper understanding of God’s love for us.
I can remember exactly where I was when I was determined to not let a season of mistakes define me. At the time, the only way my mind knew how to explain it was that I did not want my mistakes to “win”. I realized that if I did not begin seeking God’s input on my choices, if I was going to continue holding things back from Him, if I couldn’t stop playing the blame game or if I continued to wallow in self-pity, then my mistakes would win. (At least, this is how I was able to explain it to myself.) I realized that eventually, if I continued doing things the way I was doing them, my bitterness and the path I was on would destroy me. Maybe not, physically…but definitely spiritually.
At that moment, I became willing to do whatever it takes to triumph over my failures…to turn my mistakes into opportunities of growth, healing, and learning. I can now look back on mistakes in my life, not with regret, but with a sense of wonder. I look back at that girl who was so desperate for God’s healing and I am so grateful for the choice I made to trust Him wholeheartedly. I believe that with every mistake we make, we come face to face with whether that mistake will be a turning point for us or whether we allow the mistake to essentially “win”. When we choose to allow a mistake to be a catalyst for growth and to propel us to enter into a closer relationship with our Creator, then somehow, through His amazing grace, the broken pieces of our lives are transformed into something beautiful and usable.
I still don’t comprehend how He does this. I just know He does.