I ask You to continue to correct me, so that I am who You want me to be. I am very hard on myself when I make a mistake. You are teaching me this morning to look at the mistakes I make as Your way of correcting me. If I didn't make the mistake, I wouldn’t know what to fix. If I make the mistake the second time, but not out of hardness of heart, it is still correction in action. Let me see my mistakes as a way that leads to correction. Mistakes for me should be looked at as a tool, and not as condemnation. It would seem that You don't condemn me and won't condemn me unless I oppose You in rebellion. If I do that, I have changed from correction to punishment. You will give me plenty of warning. I need to hear You and change.
I still have to repent and ask forgiveness for a mistake, but I suspect that I have not asked the question that should be asked. What am I to learn from the mistake and how do I apply it in my daily life? If restitution needs to be made, let me make it with gracious obedience. If I fall in public, let me rise in public. When ignorance is fueling a mistake, sometimes it takes a while for the knowledge to kick in. Sometimes people go for years before they see their folly and realize a correction has to be made. (Hosea 4:6- "My people perish for lack of knowledge.")
You re-taught me this morning that my mistakes don't define who I am in Your view. Mistakes still need to be corrected, and attitudes adjusted, but to finally realize that what I do wrong is not who I am takes away the feeling of worthlessness and guilt. You can see me as a finished product.
You are a kind and loving Father. Just as my mistakes are opportunities to learn, You give us opportunities to help others. If You did it all, where would we be able to help? That’s the answer to the question about evil in the world. We are to combat it in Your Name, and You will help us do that. Praying about our opportunities is always Step One.
Mistakes on other people’s parts do not define who they are in all areas. If a mistake is a mode of correction for me, it may well be the mode of correction for others. I can’t tell if there is rebellion in their hearts, and I don’t need to know that anyway. My answer to a wrong doing in others is that it is a mistake going to be corrected. Let me see how many times today I can say “That’s how it’s supposed to be done” in my own actions and in others’ actions. When our “supposed to be done’s” overlap, there is a moment of Kingdom building. Maybe it’s right act by right act, right word by right word, right step by right step, in a steady trickle from many people, that make streams in the desert.