Mistakes are a part of life. You know that. I know that.

But some people dwell on their mistakes—and I mean dwellllll on them—as if they are the defining factor in their lives.

Consider Babe Ruth. In his day he was the home run king. He hit an amazing 714 home runs and led the American League in that category for 12 seasons. But do you want to know what else was remarkable about Babe Ruth? He struck out 1330 times! 

People don’t remember the strike outs as much as the home runs.

As followers of Jesus, our perspective can suffer eclipse. We can dwell too much on our mistakes. They are often serious and we should certainly repent, seek forgiveness, and ask for God’s help to become more like Christ. But if we ONLY think about our mistakes, aren’t we acting as if God doesn’t have the power to work through us?

There is good news. Our job is to love God, not be God.

In Psalm 37 David sings: “The LORD makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him; though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the LORD upholds him with his hand” (verses 23-24).

Do you make mistakes? Join the club. It’s a big one.

But God is bigger.

Though you may stumble, you will not fall, for the Lord upholds you with his hand.

Our job is to love God, not be God.


–“Failure does not disqualify you.” Sermon. Click here. April 23, 2023. 

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