“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God…”  (Romans 8:28)

How many times have we all thought—Man! I feel stupid, that was the worst mistake I’ve ever made! And suddenly self-esteem falters; we slide down into our shell and wish the world would go away.

We are usually and only, our biggest enemy.   What’s the cure?  Laughter!  Learn to laugh at yourself.   It’s part of being human to make mistakes.   I read this quote the other day and it certainly fits.  “Sometimes I get the feeling the whole world is against me, but deep down I know that’s not true.  Some of the smaller countries are neutral”. —Robert Orben.

It’s at these moments the prayer for using all things to work together for good finds its place!  Norman Vincent Peale said, “Who doesn’t make mistakes! But the greatest error of all is to let any mistake destroy your faith in yourself.  The only sensible course is to study and analyze why you made the mistake.  Learn all you can from it then forget it and go ahead.  Figure on doing better next time”.

Recently my husband and I planted a vegetable garden and being the good gardener that he is preparation of the soil was the first step.  To assist in the process of a healthy garden we had to mix a lot of cow manure with peat moss!  While working this wonderful process I was made aware of how necessary a little manure is for growth.  I guess I was seeing mistakes as throwing a little manure into life.  Most of what we need comes from our own hands and is part of our everyday living.  The secret is to accept it with as much Grace as possible.   “To make no mistakes is not in the power of man, but from their errors and mistakes the wise and good learn wisdom for the future”—Plutarch

Remember it’s better to do something imperfectly than to do nothing perfectly and  “Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;” (Philippians 1:6)

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