Ever make a mistake and want to just crumple it up and throw it in the trash can, wait for the garbage man to come and take it away so you never have to think about it ever again? Unfortunately, that’s not how our minds work.
I saw a magnet at the store the other day that said, “Let go or be dragged.” That can be applied to a lot of situations in our lives- especially mistakes we’ve made. You have to let them go, or you will be dragged around by them.
Sometimes we’re way too hard on ourselves. Instead of dwelling on mistakes we’ve made, we should learn from them and then let them go. One of the speakers at the women’s conference last weekend said something along the lines of, “Don’t put yourself on the cross- Jesus already paid the price.” How about we stop beating ourselves up for all the mistakes we’ve made?
I’m not perfect. Far from it. Don’t think that just because I’m a Christian or because I take mission trips to Africa that I think I’m any better than anyone else or that I am without sin. I never, EVER want to give the impression that I don’t make mistakes. I just hope I always learn something from each and every mistake I make.
“For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.” Matthew 6:14-15
Perhaps the number one person you need to forgive is yourself. Figure out what you can learn from your mistake, and then move on. God’s got a great life waiting for you, but you won’t ever see it if can’t forgive yourself for the mistakes you’ve made.