Are Mistakes Good, Bad or Just Happy Accidents?? My Journey on the Road to Perfection!!
Have you ever been driving in an unknown area - you know, somewhere you’ve never been before?? At some point you say to yourself, “I think I may have made a wrong turn somewhere!”, because what you see around you isn’t looking like what you were expecting? That’s me! At 56 yrs old, my husband of 28+years and I, have raised 3 wonderful daughters to adulthood and yet there are places in my life where I realize, I have made some wrong turns!
You see, I had been on the road to perfection for a really long time. At first, I was just sailing along through life, enjoying the ride, having a great time!!! Like listening to the directions on a GPS, I was following the messages I heard around me about what success and living the "perfect or good" life was supposed to be.
Speed Bumps & Pot Holes
I was travelling down that road, believing I was headed in the right direction until I started hitting speed bumps and potholes! In hindsight, the speed bumps were opportunities to slow down. We find them on roads where driving too fast could endanger what's in the area...usually vulnerable people...like children! Pot holes, on the other hand, are caused by the environment and will damage the road ahead, making our drive, bumpy. They were clear indicators for me to drive carefully before I did damage to my "vehicle". But I didn't slow down, drive carefully or really even stop to ask directions.
There were so many places where I could have made changes because I was making choices that were not productive for my life. When I started paying attention and questioning which way I was going, I began to realize that maybe I was not headed in the right direction.
But you know how you tell yourself, “I’ll just drive a little further and if I don’t find what I’m looking for, I’ll turn back!!”? Yup! That’s what I did for many years as I looked for the perfect time and place to turn around.
The problem is, sometimes you have just gone so far, that’s there’s no point turning around and going back. It's time for, as the GPS says, "RE-CALCULATING"!! Take a look at the new directions and keep moving forward! BTW - moving forward is my “word” for 2022.
Do you have places in your life that you need to recalculate and just move forward?
What does the Word say?
The Bible says it best in Isaiah 43:18-19:
Here is the GOOD news!!! WHENEVER, we get off track, Jesus is THE way to get back on track! He ALWAYS has the way, for He is the Waymaker!
This is what I have come to realize at this point of the journey! I was travelling on a road thinking I was supposed to be headed for perfection. I tried to do the right thing, be the good girl, say the right things or more accurately, not say the wrong things, lest someone get their feelings hurt or stop associating with me. It is so EXHAUSTING trying to be any form of perfect! See the destination wasn’t wrong. I was just on the wrong road to get there. There is a place of perfection, but it’s not based on my perfection; it’s based on His! Somewhere when I looked around, I realized it was crazy travelling down this road. So I have been recalculating and Jesus has been leading me on His road to perfection!
Biblical perfection refers to a place of completeness, maturity & wholeness, something we cannot achieve on our own but can only attain by the Anointed One and His Anointing - Christ in us! So while I have been travelling with Jesus for quite some time, I have begun to realize I am getting on the right track because He has shown me the Way to the road to perfection is in Him and only Him.
Now when I make mistakes and am not perfect, it’s ok! He shows me how to use them to help me grow! And He shows me how to have compassion for others with their mistakes. So my question is, are mistakes good or bad? Neither! They just are. Bob Ross calls them "happy accidents".
If your mistakes and especially the mistakes of others, annoy you, then maybe check your GPS to see if you are on the wrong road to perfection! Ask Jesus to recalculate you and put you on His road to His perfect completeness for your life. He is a safe place to turn around. Don’t keep driving down the wrong road; you’ve been on it long enough. Recalculate, forget the former things, BEHOLD; He wants to do a NEW thing in your life!
This is what Easter is about! It is why He cried out tetelestai, “It is Finished”, on the cross!!! Jesus came to lead us to the Perfect One, God the Father, removing sin from us and restoring us to eternal life!!! All that is required to receive this gift, is to believe it in our hearts
Where are the places you have thought you blew it but have come to realize they were actually opportunities to make needed changes in your life? As long as there is breath in your lungs, it is never to late to turn around. If you have questions about what Jesus did on Easter, contact me. I would be pleased to share more about Him!!
These encounters we have with God's plans for us, I will be calling them Kingdom Kisses!!