Updated: May 11, 2022
Bible verse: Proverbs 13:15-16 "Good judgment wins favor but the way of the unfaithful leads to their destruction. All who are prudent act with knowledge, but fools expose their folly."
Insight: There is no such thing as a perfect person. God does not ask us to be perfect, and we should be very grateful for that. What is in our power though, is the ability to learn from our mistakes. We cannot live a life of folly without reaping the consequences. Whether we learn from the consequences and grow from them, or we don't, makes the difference between one who acts in knowledge and the one who stays a fool. As a child, if I learned that stoves were hot by touching one, you'd think I'd never touch one again—the same goes for our sin. We learn from God's word, and we learn when we stray from God's word that life in sin is not as peachy as the world may color it. I will never deliberately touch a stove again, just as I should never deliberately make the same mistakes over and over again. The beautiful thing about God is His patience with us through these continuous mistakes. Like a father whose child keeps touching a stove, God patiently redirects us from the burn of our mistakes. It is truly important to be able to recognize when you've made a mistake and grow from there.
Work application: Learning from our mistakes is a virtue we should take into our careers. We cannot expect that when we make mistakes at the workplace there will be no consequences, and we must always be willing to learn from those mistakes to better ourselves and better our standing as an employee. Jeff McHugh, co-author of From Illusion to Reality, urges his students to be lifelong learners even after graduating. He encourages his students to keep growing and never become complacent. The feedback we get may not always be positive and the only way to learn from that feedback is to put it into practice and allow it to grow us as a person and as an employee. Let's strive to be learners in everything we do.
Grateful: I am grateful to have a God that is wise in ways that I will never be. I am grateful that He loves me despite the mistakes I make and allows me to learn from my mistakes so that I never become complacent.
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Contributor: Jessica Carrera holds a B.A. in English with a concentration in writing and a minor in Biblical Studies from Biola University. She aspires to touch the lives of others through her words.