***Today, I bring you a guest post written by my e-friend Eileen Knowles.
Not too long ago, I heard this great quote from Max Lucado…
We have heard variations of this quote countless times in life, and, yet, I think many of us have a difficult time living as if we believe it to be true.
We know God gives us His grace but claiming that grace is often hard to do. We often make the mistake of allowing our faults to define us. Our mistakes can sometimes make us feel stuck and can even paralyze us. We often continue on the same destructive course simply because we are afraid of choosing a different direction.
But often, there comes a time in our lives when we realize that our mistakes can be a powerful catalyst for change. A mistake is 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 remember exactly where I was when I 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 continued 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.
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 took 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 now grateful for the choice I made to trust Him wholeheartedly.
With every mistake we make, we come face to face with allowing it to be a turning point for us or allowing it 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.
Over the years, I’ve come to greatly appreciate the truth found in Paul’s words, “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” (Rom. 8:1 NIV)
Do you struggle with holding onto past mistakes and failures?
What’s one step you can take today toward believing that grace wins?
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About the Author
Eileen Knowles is a small town Arizona girl who studied English at The University of Arizona a long, long time ago. She now lives in small town North Carolina with her husband, Roger, their eight-year old son, and one quirky dog named Bisbee. When she is not working part-time loving on animals at the local animal hospital, she thoroughly enjoys drinking coffee, running, playing Scrabble, leading Women’s Bible Study at her church, and writing about how cool it is to journey through life with Jesus holding her hand.