As I’m getting older, I’m starting to realize that all of the mistakes that I made when I was younger were crucial to shaping who I am today. My younger years can best be described as fast, furious and foolish. I know now that I wasn’t as smart as I thought I was, but I was too foolish to know that at the time. Just like young people today (and all the generations before me), I thought I knew everything.
On more than one occasion I found myself in situations that could have turned tragic quickly, but because of God’s grace I am still here. Mistakes can make or break you. It depends on whether you learn from your mistake and take steps in the right direction or if you allow your mistakes to define your future. Everyone is faced with choices every day. We can choose to do right or not. If we choose to do wrong, we have to be willing to deal with any consequences that will result.
Remember, nobody is perfect and we need to show others as much mercy as we expect to be shown to us when we stumble and miss the mark. We have to stop expecting others to measure up to the unrealistic standards that we set for them.
One thing I’ve learned is that we can’t be ashamed to share our testimony with others. I now boldly proclaim that, “yes, I have been there and done that, but look at me now”.
Take action now: Meditate on Galatians 6:1 – “Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted.” (NIV).
Embrace this truth: Everybody has a past, but every believer has a future.