Jon Moton – High School Pastor, Gilbert Campus
Let’s take a quick quiz:
- Have you ever made a mistake?
- Done something you regretted?
- Did nothing when you should have done something?
If you answered “yes” to any of the questions, congratulations! You are among good company. If you answered “no”, well, you are dealing with an entirely different issue. But to those of us who are broken, beat down, distraught, or distracted please read on.
I have successfully answered “yes” to all these questions at one time or another. Can you relate? Can I get an amen?
What if I told you that making a mistake, doing something you later regretted, not doing something when you should have, is not the issue? Yeah I know I know – I don’t know your mistakes, nor your regrets, nor your idleness. But what I do know is what you do next is what really matters. The important thing to “note” is what you do next. We will always do something wrong – but your failure is not final. The failure, the shortcoming, the oversight, the mistake, the regret is actually an opportunity to grow! It is an opportunity to pause, review, and move on. Now this is where the amnesia comes in, I used to coach high school football and there was never a game in which I would not say (after a player made a mistake) “What’s the most important play?”; the answer is “the next play”. We can’t harp on what we have done wrong. Besides, it is biblical to move forward.
Put this on a post it note. As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. Psalm 103:12.
When we come to God and we confess our mistakes, our shortcomings, our sin – He forgives! It is as good as gone! So often we are the worst self critic. It can be paralyzing. It can hinder us. It can prevent us from growing. Amnesia is good to remember. Press on. Press on to becoming that person that God wants you to be. He is good and His mercy, love, and grace endures forever.